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According to newer definitions, an initialism is not a real acronym because all letters are pronounced separately.
Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage states: "In everyday use, acronym is often applied to abbreviations that are technically initialisms, since they are pronounced as separate letters."
Definition of initialism, Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
- ↑ Fowler, Henry Watson (2015): Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage. Jeremy Butterfield (ed.). Edition: 4th. Oxford University Press. P. 16. ISBN 978-0-19-966135-0. Retrieved 11 March 2020.