1

Sorry if the title is a little hard to understand. I'm trying to wrap my head around what the proper usage of a word would be.

I'm writing an academic paper right now regarding COVID-19, and there happens to be a dataset named the "COVID-19 Open Research Dataset," which is "CORD-19" for short.

When I refer to the dataset, I say "the CORD-19 dataset" but what I'm wondering is if the word "dataset" is already included in CORD-19, would it be inappropriate to say "the CORD-19 dataset"since it would technically be "the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset dataset?"

If that were the case, would it be more appropriate to say "the CORD-19?" Thanks.

2
  • Not what you're asking, but I think it feels a bit strange to have "-19" after "CORD" when actually it belongs to the "C" only.
    – nnnnnn
    May 20, 2020 at 8:02
  • I'd be tempted to refer to CORD-19 as the COVID-19 dataset if I wanted to focus on the dataset idea.
    – Phil Sweet
    May 20, 2020 at 11:44

1 Answer 1

1

"The CORD-19 dataset" is OK. It is equivalent to "The dataset named CORD-19". Seeing as CORD-19 is being used as a name, it doesn't matter that the acronym abbreviates a phrase containing the word "dataset". The phrase is similar in this regard to "the corpus BNC" or "the corpus COCA" (British National Corpus; Corpus of Contemporary American English).

Some might see a parallel with e.g. the phrase "an LCD display", a pleonasm for "an LCD" or "a liquid-crystal display". However, the cases are not parallel. LCD is not a name for the particular display the speaker is talking about, but actually means "liquid-crystal display"".

Mind you, if you consider both of those phrases acceptable, then the question is moot.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.