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comment If “yet” means “and despite that”, then what word means “and partially owing to that”?
old Q, but to answer the side Q: referring to a child as "it" is not grammatically incorrect, but is offensive to many. use "he" or "she" instead.
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comment Double acronym: acronyms that stand for two things simultaneously
I'm not looking for a single word necessarily, that tag was added by someone else. Ambiguous is a good suggestion, but to me that connotes, e.g., an acronym used by two organizations for different purposes. thanks for the 'abbreviation' tip
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comment Double acronym: acronyms that stand for two things simultaneously
yes, it's fine if the words are related-- the important point is that the words are different, but they refer to the exact same entity
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comment Double acronym: acronyms that stand for two things simultaneously
@Dan I'm not sure--if by standardized achievement test you mean any standardized test, like the ACT, I would say no. but i have never heard of SAT being used for anything other than a specific, proprietary test called the SAT. However, the wikipedia notes that SAT--now an empty acronym--has once meant "Scholastic Aptitude Test" and then "Scholastic Assessment Test", both of which refer to the same thing. So that would count, though both are now non-standard.
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comment Double acronym: acronyms that stand for two things simultaneously
@Dan yes. i would call the LOL example an ambiguous acronym, but that is not what i am looking for. your latter statement is correct. i think the intent is to express multiple aspects of the referent.
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comment Double acronym: acronyms that stand for two things simultaneously
@Mitch yes, that is exactly what i'm referring to. in fact, i'm currently writing a review that uses both of the examples i mentioned--hence my predicament. most authors simply ignore one of the possible expansions, but i feel that is misleading.
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comment Double acronym: acronyms that stand for two things simultaneously
@Mitch no, i wouldn't say the acronym is ambiguous. it definitively has two expansions that refer to the same thing.
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