Buchbinder, Barry (NIH/NIAID) [E] BBuchbinder@niaid.nih.gov
Thu Jul 31 13:14:00 GMT 2008

Dave Korn wrote on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 7:35 PM:

> Buchbinder, Barry (NIH/NIAID) wrote on 31 July 2008 00:06:
>>   - Note: NIAID is an acronym for the National Institute of Allergy
>> and Infectious Diseases (part of the National Institutes of Health).
>> Note that the article and prepositions were not included.  People who
>> work here usually spell it out but often enough pronounce it as a
>> word.  What we struggle with is whether to use the definite article
>> with the acronym. Is it "NIAID is a component of NIH" or "The NIAID
>> is a component of the 
>> NIH"?
>   Surely Sir Knee-Aid was one of the Knights who say 'NIH'?

A common mistake.  The knights said "NI" <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_who_say_Ni>.  "NIH" differs with its terminal aspiration.

One little-known aspect of NIAID's mission is NI-AID -- giving AID to knights and others who say NI.

- Barry
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