How do you pronounce the acronym AKA (also known as)?


I pronounce it ay-kay-ay /ˌeɪkeɪˈeɪ/. Or I just say, "also known as".


I say A. K. A. (like Reg posted at the same time) http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/aka

  • @Jasper Loy: Also interesting. I've heard it occasionally as /ækæ/ but never with a long vowel. – user1579 Mar 1 '11 at 15:13
  • ækæ would be /ˌeɪkeɪˈeɪ/ or a fast A.K.A. as I posted, no? – mplungjan Mar 1 '11 at 15:15
  • No, [æ] is a short vowel as in "cat" rather than the diphthong /eɪ/ as in "hay" – user1579 Mar 1 '11 at 17:06

"AKA" is an initialism, not an acronym. Acronyms are pronounced as words (i.e. SCUBA); initialisms are read one letter at a time. Initialisms and acronyms are types of abbreviation.

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    Close but not quite. Words read one letter at a time are called initialisms. You said "abbreviated words are read one letter at a time." Abbreviated words (abbreviations) include both acronyms and initialisms. – Robert Cartaino Mar 1 '11 at 18:06

I pronounce it "acker". (Silent R of course.) Simple, quick, just like how I say "fack" for FAQ.

  • How hard is it,to say "Eff Ae Cue"?! :D – abhicantdraw May 29 '11 at 7:41
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    @abhiii5459 - Don't you mean "How FAQing hard is it?" – MT_Head Jan 17 '13 at 1:58

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