Friday 25th January 2008
The people from MIMAS have written back to me:
The letters stand for Manchester Information & Associated Services. The word ‘and’ is very rarely included in acronyms such as this, and in this case I think they would simply have wanted to make the acronym easy to pronounce.
Central HR Admin Assistant
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Thank you for your e-mail.
I agree the word ‘and’ is very rarely included in an acronym. Also, not generally included in an acronym is a letter in the middle of a word.
If we allow letters in the middle of words to form part of the acronym, then:
Liverpool Football Club
Liverpool Football Club.
LFOC is much easier to pronounce than LFC.
I look forward to your thoughts on this matter.