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Re: The trouble with acronyms ... #99887
04/02/03 11:51 PM
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suggests that "ID card" is not a redundancy

Exactly the point I was making - without really making it. Thanks, sjm, for reading between the lines I didn't write!


Re: The trouble with acronyms ... #99888
04/03/03 02:19 AM
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Thanks, sjm, for reading between the lines I didn't write!
Ah--our sjm is clearly lacking the Zildian sloth gene!


Re: The trouble with acronyms ... #99889
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I've switched to saying the "word" ID as a word, (id, rhymes with squid) rather than saying the letters. There's some nice multi-layered meaning that way.

E.g.: As husband is going out the door - "Don't forget your id."


Re: The trouble with acronyms ... #99890
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>E.g.: As husband is going out the door - "Don't forget your id."<

LOL at that one, Bean!!!!


Re: The trouble with acronyms ... #99891
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I wonder about these tautologies myself. But, then, that always leads me to another theory/query: Perhaps the reason some people tend to add a redundant word after a common acronym, is because the acronym that was originally a noun, has now become an adjective. Not sure if that makes sense...let me try again.

The phrase Personal Identification Number is, two adjectives and a noun, as we all know, so adding that redundant noun is bothersome.

But, PIN the *word* has become commonplace as an adjective: You need a "number" to access your bank account, your email, etc? So what "kind" of number do you need? Why, a PIN Number, of course!

I think that is called colloquial speaking?


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