Originally Posted by ardeegee
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.)
No, Grace is right. It's only an acronym if it's a pronounceable word. Eg, "laser" and "radar" are acronyms, but "FBI" is not - it's merely an abbreviation.