Originally Posted by GraceKrispy
Well, I discovered, whilst taking a linguistics class, that BYO is *not* an acronym, although many people will call it that. Acronyms must actually make a new word that you can pronounce, and not just initials. Like NEA is just initials (you say N-E-A) and NASP can be an acronym, as you pronounce it "nasp" (like asp with an N in front).
But you could
use any of those examples as words if you wanted to-- all have vowels, no difficult combinations of consonants, etc. such in things like NAACP, NRA, NCIS, and NCIC (off the top of my head.) It is only by arbitrary convention that one is spelled out and one is used as a word. (For example, I always think of this
as the "pow mia" flag.)