Dave Korn dave.korn@artimi.com
Thu Jul 31 13:44:00 GMT 2008

Buchbinder, Barry (NIH/NIAID) wrote on 31 July 2008 14:13:

> 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.  

  Oh, I thought it was just the American-English spelling and the 'H' was

  Obviously I wouldn't have made this mistake if you had sent your first
email with an x-audio mime type....

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