An initialism has come into common parlance as a word on its own.
An initialism is a word made from the first letters of each word in a phrase. Unlike acronyms, initialisms cannot be spoken as words: they are spoken letter by letter.
These are examples of initialisms:
- DVD (Digital Versatile Disc)
- CPU (Central Processing Unit)
- CD (Compact Disc)
Is initialism the correct term for the small set of initials that, when spoken aloud letter by letter, sound like existing words in English?
- The initials D.K. when spoken aloud sound like the word "decay"
- The initials M.T. when spoken aloud sound like the word "empty"
- The initials C.D. when spoken aloud sound like the word "seedy"
Is "D.K." in this usage an initialism? If not, is it called something else?
I have read this question and I do not believe this is a duplicate. I am not asking about the existing words okay nor emcee which start from the initialisms and have become accepted spelled-out words. I am starting from the accepted words and wondering about the matching initials.