Acronym vs Initialism

Thanks to the National Interest on ABC radio on Friday I learnt the difference between an acronym and an initialism – an acronym is a set of initials that gets pronounced as if it were a word (e.g. AIDS) whereas an initialism is,well just a bunch of initials (e.g. ACTU)

I also got a minor chuckle when Peter Mares the host, described Senator Sue Boyce as having sat on a standing committee. What a rebel!

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