In discussing pronunciation of difference kinds of acronyms and initialisms, I recalled the term "acronoun." However, I can't find any reference to this term on the Wikipedia Acronym page, nor in google searching. I am questioning where I would have heard this before and if it is a real concept.

If I had to guess at a definition, it would be an acronym that is pronounced as a word and used like a noun. However, that might be true for most acronyms or there might be a different word for this.

I am looking for any insight or evidence this either is our could be a concept.

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    I'm pretty sure it's just a malaprop for acronym. Someone out there may have tried to coin a neologism, but it's not like it's caught on. Why not ask for an Acroverb or an Acrojective?
    – Marcus_33
    Mar 20, 2013 at 14:41
  • Most commonly found on Google: Spanish-language sites with the three words "a crono un" in succession.
    – GEdgar
    Mar 20, 2013 at 14:56
  • Not sure if this is technically a dupe (someone more familiar with ELU can probably decide), but the accepted answer here does answer your question, I think: english.stackexchange.com/questions/29374/pronouncing-acronyms
    – Ben Lee
    Mar 22, 2013 at 18:51

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It doesn't exist in OED. That's as close as you can get to a certain answer that it's not a word.

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