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On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 4:38 AM, Tom Davies <> wrote:
Hi :)
To be more correct it should really be F.A.Q. and the dots would play
even more havoc than spaces often do.  Also we should always say
G.N.U./Linux rather than Linux, G.N.O.M.E. and K.D.E.

However as acronyms become used more frequently they gradually drop
the dots and then drop the insistence of upper-case.  FAQ is old and
faq or Faq is likely to become quite common.

Not to plunge too far down the linguistic rabbit-hole, but I believe
that initialisms only drop upper-case when they are in fact acronyms
that can be easily pronounced as words. Consider:

GNU is seen as 'Gnu' sometimes, GNOME is often 'Gnome', LASER is
laser, but (IMHO)
NSA is still NSA, KDE is rarely Kde, and FAQ is rarely Faq. Even
though we could pronounce these last two "kiddy" and "fack," we
pronounce them as individual letters K-D-E and F-A-Q, just as we do
with F-D-O and others).

But I digress...please ignore Tom and me as we go about our linguistic
jousting -- unless, of course, you find it as amusing as we do... :-)


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