Saturday, July 22, 2006

News to me

I had no idea:

ABBA is an acronym. It stands for the first names of the four group members: Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn, and Anni-Frid. So keep those letters capped. (And, of course, there's no need to replicate the backwards B. They didn't consistently use it in their logo, anyway.)


At 10:26 AM, July 23, 2006, Blogger Bill said...

Ah, but it's pronounced "Abba," not "Ay-Bee-Bee-Ay"! So that would argue for just the initial cap. I admit, though, that I have no good solution to "INXS."

At 1:59 PM, July 24, 2006, Anonymous Frolic said...

Or maybe it's a European thing. I know in Spain and France all abbreviations are pronounced as words.

For example, people study at Uk-la (UCLA).

And I don't think the fact that an abbreviation is pronounced as a word always has any bearing on capitalization. It's MOMA, right, not Moma.

At 5:00 PM, July 24, 2006, Blogger Bill said...

MOMA isn't the actual name of the museum; pronunciation doesn't matter at that point. That sounds rather picky, but these things really do make sense. Similarly, there's a company called Mid-Atlantic Medical Services Inc., or MAMSI for short. Those caps are fine, even though "mamsi" is pronounced as a word, but a company whose name actually was Mamsi couldn't successfully insist that its name be rendered in all caps any more than Visa or Nike or Microsoft could.

At 5:26 PM, July 26, 2006, Anonymous rknil said...

The comment about the pronunication of ABBA dictating its spelling makes no sense. We pronounce OSHA and ACES and any number of acronyms.


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