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    Question Abbreviations/acronyms

    Saw the acronyms page - really impressive.

    The thought occurs on pronounciation: LEO.
    Do you say El EE Oh or Leo, as in leo the Lion?

    I've seen it written,''...and an LEO came up and...''
    So that would be spelled out as an acronym.
    Others use it as a word - Leo -, '' no LEO anywhere and..''


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    as in the Lion here
    When I use LE it is El-EE
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    LEO would be an initialism. An example of an acronym would be "sonar." Not only do you use the acronym to name an object, but each letter in the acronym actually stands for a word. An example of an initialism would be "FBI." You can't say FBI like you can SONAR. We don't call law enforcement officers "leos." Look up the difference on Wikipedia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYGlockster View Post
    We don't call law enforcement officers "leos." .
    I don't call policemen "officers" at all .. they are not officers. IMO

    Officers must follow orders .. even if it means they know they will die ..

    Officers who don't follow orders can end up in jail because of it.

    Policemen don't pass these two tests ... they are civilians whose maximum penalty for refusing to follow an order is to be fired (like any other civilian worker).

    To call a policeman an "officer" is degrading to officers, warrant officers, NCOs, and the enlisted in our military who can be called upon at any time to give their lives for us.
    Last edited by davidmcbeth; 07-28-2012 at 02:54 PM.

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    Exclamation acronym

    Quote Originally Posted by KYGlockster View Post
    LEO would be an initialism. An example of an acronym would be "sonar." Not only do you use the acronym to name an object, but each letter in the acronym actually stands for a word. An example of an initialism would be "FBI." You can't say FBI like you can SONAR. We don't call law enforcement officers "leos." Look up the difference on Wikipedia.
    ACRONYM:

    "a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words, as Wac from Women's Army Corps..."

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/acronym

    So - acronym; pronounced LEO: Law Enforcement Officer. If you said it letter by letter then it's an initialism. I say LEO as a word.
    Last edited by Contrarian; 07-28-2012 at 07:22 PM.

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    The stuff some people on this board come up with to argue about... :screwy:
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoTolerance View Post
    The stuff some people on this board come up with to argue about... :screwy:
    +1. Find something constructive to do.

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