17.045 nesting

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Date: Fri May 30 2003 - 05:55:45 EDT

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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 45.
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             Date: Fri, 30 May 2003 10:52:44 +0100
             From: lhomich <lhomich@ualberta.ca>
             Subject: RE: 17.044 nesting and linear narratives

    The topic of nesting prompts me to wonder about 'nested' acronyms. "SAX,"
    for instance, is a 2-level acronym: SAX = Simple API (Application
    Programming Interface) for XML (eXtensible Markup Language). I'm sure there
    are acronyms with more levels of 'nesting,' but I can't think of any off
    the top of my head. I'd be naive to expect such nested acronyms (NAs?
    NeAcs?) to be the exclusive domain of computing; can other areas claim such
    clarification/obfuscation? How deep do they go?

    Eric Homich
    M.A. Student, Humanities Computing / English
    University of Alberta

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