Archive for June 22nd, 2009

Does this title sound like some kind of 12-step program? Can you pronounce it as a word?

NEAIAA = Not Every Abbreviation Is An Acronym!

Here’s a lesson/word of the day:

abbreviation. noun.

  • a shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, as Dr. for Doctor, U.S. for United States, lb. for pound.
  • an act of abbreviating; state or result of being abbreviated; reduction in length, duration, etc.; abridgment.

acronym. noun.

  • a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words, as Wac from Women’s Army Corps, OPEC from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or loran from long-range navigation.
  • an acrostic.

acronym. verb (used with object)

  • to make an acronym of: The committee’s name has been acronymed MIKE.

We actually believe that the verb form of acronym should be considered in our group of Nouns gone bad …

TIP: Just remember, if you can pronounce it as a word, it is more than an abbreviation, it is an acronym.

Sources: dictionary.com, Acronym Finder

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Bloomberg.com ran this zoology news headline today:

“Great White Sharks Hunt Like Serial Killers, Scientists Say”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

sharks hunt like serial killers

Just think … with a “do” at the end of the phrase, we wouldn’t have had a blog post.

“Great White Sharks Hunt Like Serial Killers Do …”

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We were so busy laughing at these headlines that we didn’t even take time to create images from what they conjured up … we’ll leave the imagery to you.

Thanks to:


Grammar often botches other headlines

  • Eye drops off shelf
  • Squad helps dog bite victim
  • Dealers will hear car talk at noon
  • Enraged cow injures farmer with ax
  • Lawmen from Mexico barbecue guests
  • Miners refuse to work after death
  • Two Soviet ships collide – one dies
  • Two sisters reunite after eighteen years at checkout counter

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Regarding an article on proper usage, a reader writes:

“Who and whom, Although I bet @GrammarCops has a better explanation …”

Please refer to the post: Who is Correct?

We like these rules and would like to expand on Rule #1 to give you just a tad bit more clarity …

Rule #1: Substitute “he/him” or “she/her”: If it’s either “he” or “she,” then it’s “who;” if it’s “him” or “her,” then it’s “whom.”

TIP: Here’s the easy trick: him ends in the letter “m” and so does whom. And, he does not end in the letter “m” and neither does who.

Give it a try … use whom in places where you can substitute him.

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