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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2023 09:08 am
This from an Independent UK article:

Quote:

The chaotic first day of London mayor Sadiq Khan’s ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) scheme expansion saw furious protests outside No 10 and traffic cameras smashed or vandalised with spray paint.


I think this is the first time I've seen an acronym begin with an uppercase letter with the rest written in lowercase. Is this within British writing standards?

Shouldn't the cases be consistent, using either all uppercase or all lowercase letters, e.g. NATO, RAM, radar, scuba?

I would have used all uppercase letters to make it clear that it is an acronym, seeing as how it's a coinage.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2023 02:04 pm
When I read the headline, "Ulez expansion sees cameras destroyed and police scuffle with furious protesters," I thought "Ulez" was a location; Northern Ireland came to mind. The acronym written in all uppercase letters, "ULEZ" would have avoided the confusion.

What say you?
roger
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2023 04:23 pm
@InfraBlue,
Agree.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2023 04:54 pm
@InfraBlue,

acronyms should always be all caps...
roger
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2023 06:26 pm
@Region Philbis,
Right. That's why UPS is always pronounced "OOPS".
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2023 06:54 pm
@roger,

i worked with a guy who called it "ups"...


R(rhymes with cups)P


roger
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2023 08:35 pm
@Region Philbis,
Trust me on this, it's OOPS!
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2023 09:07 pm
@Region Philbis,
Region Philbis wrote:


acronyms should always be all caps...


But then, there are acronyms like scuba (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus), radar (radio detection and ranging) and lazer (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) that are thought of as common nouns instead of acronyms.

In the case of the example I presented, I would use all uppercase letters because it would avoid confusion seeing as how the acronym is a coinage.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2023 09:12 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

Right. That's why UPS is always pronounced "OOPS".


Heh, that's more precisely referred to as an initialism where each letter of the word is pronounced.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2023 09:15 pm
How would one pronounce "FBI" as an acronym, "fbeye," "fbee"?
roger
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2023 11:01 pm
@InfraBlue,
I've heard 'feebe', but that's hardly an acronym.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2023 09:47 am
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:

How would one pronounce "FBI" as an acronym, "fbeye," "fbee"?

Ef-bee-eye
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2023 02:09 pm
@InfraBlue,
Are you planning on driving in London?

I have been driving there recently, and I'm not confused.

If you had been following the story you'd have known Ulez stopped being an acronym along time ago.

It's a proper noun, and one that has caused a lot of controversy.
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2023 07:05 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

Right. That's why UPS is always pronounced "OOPS".


Made me laugh!!!
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