It’s now the GFC

Do we have to worry or take it more seriously when something becomes an acronym?

Corin Dann said on Breakfast this morning that the global financial crisis is now the GFC.

CORRECTION:

Neil has pointed out in a comment below that I was wrong to use the term acronym. He’s right, an acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of other words and GFC isn’t a word.

SO question for word lovers: is there a word which I could have used for a collection of initial letters used instead of the words without forming a word?

4 Responses to It’s now the GFC

  1. Lou Taylor says:

    Who would have thought that Gore Fried Chicken would have such an impact.

    Like

  2. Neil says:

    A technical point – is it really an acronym ? To me an acronym would be NATO which you could find in a dictionary with a definition.
    GFC has no vowel so in the future I doubt it could be listed in a dictionary or a thesaurus.
    I probably am wrong but I just wonder ? Love to hearf any comments Homepaddock.

    Like

  3. david w says:

    is there a word which I could have used for a collection of initial letters used instead of the words without forming a word?

    Technically it’s called an “initialism” – but I think usage is sort of blurring the distinction

    Like

  4. Just plain old “abbreviation” will do. The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors gives as examples BBC, MA and QC.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: