"You should know the difference between an acronym and an initialism.
Both acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, but there is a key difference between the two, at least at present. Due to rampant misuse of the term “acronym” some dictionaries are now starting to add an extra definition to it, allowing acronyms to expand their scope to include initialisms. So as the English language evolves, this additional definition of acronym may stick and become widely accepted. But at present, it’s generally still good form to distinguish between the two.
Acronyms, of course, are abbreviations where the abbreviation is formed from letters of other words (usually the first letter of each word, though not always). The part of the definition of acronym that many people miss is that the resulting abbreviation needs to be pronounceable as a word. Examples of this would be things like RAM (Random Access Memory); LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation); NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), and OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries)."
Needs to be pronounceable as a word being a key point. And so it does - rhymes with raw. Those of you who have abandoned your ATR and set up a DAW should also make the move to the easier, faster, more efficient and commonly accepted pronunciation of your new and improved recording device. Nuff said??? ( now admit it - you read that as daw and not as digital audio workstation, didn't you?) :)
disclaimer: all grains of salt taken with this should be accompanied by quantities of El Jimador, which will undoubtedly help facilitate the inevitable transition...