Tuesday, July 27, 2010

redundant acronym syndrome syndrome

Kottke faces his demons and admits he suffers from RAS Syndrome (redundant acronym syndrome syndrome). Of the three "linguistic explanations" given on the wiki page, I found #1 to be highly unlikely (it assumes a ridiculousnessly high level of meta-linguistic analysis on the part of the average speaker); #2 and #3 were roughly the same: Acronyms are treated as unanalyzed lexemes.

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