Acronyms – Editor Notes

Notes from the Editor – July 2015

Style for acronyms

Spell out the entire phrase the first time you use it and put the acronym in parenthesis.

Even if the style of the source text is the other way around, use the spelled-out form first, followed by the acronym in parentheses. For example, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). After the first instance, use the acronym for the second and subsequent uses.
In the following example, you can see that there are two problems:

First, the translator used the style of the source text. Acronym came first, then in parenthesis came the spelled-out version. This is wrong.

Second, no research was done to find the proper names of the associations. All names were translated word for word. This is simply unacceptable.

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So, whatever the style of the source text may be, use the relevant Dragoman style, and do proper research to get accurate results.

Editörden Notlar – Temmuz 2015

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