Alphabetism

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An alphabetism is an abbreviation that takes the first letter of each word of the base expression (like an acronym), and is pronounced by spelling out each letter.

Examples

Examples are EU [i: ju:], IBM [ai bi: em], ALT [ei el ti:] (though the latter is also sometimes taken as an acronym and pronounced [o:lt]).

Comments

Most first-letter abbreviations in English and other languages using the Latin script are alphabetisms. In Hebrew and Arabic, alphabetisms do not exist at all, and they obviously do not exist in languages with non-alphabetic writing systems.

Synonyms

Sometimes alphabetisms are not distinguished from acronyms and are simply called "acronyms".

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