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Sunday, April 22, 2012

USAC Gets Trumped

The article I mentioned in the Federal Communications Law Journal is available online now, so I'll be sharing my thoughts on it once I get back to the office.  But reading through it, I noticed an interesting usage: the authors consistently called the program administrator "the USAC."  I hadn't noticed that we all use "USAC" as an anarthrous noun.  Technically, I suppose "the USAC" is correct, but to me, it sounds like "the Donald."

1 comment:

  1. Turns out "the USAC" is not correct.
    Acronyms, where you pronounce the abbreviation as a word, don't need an article. (Initialisms, where you pronounce the letters, do take an article.) Since we say "you-sack," (not "you-ess-ay-see") it's an acronym, and doesn't need an article.