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"I've no idea how common the term "alphabetism" is in this sense, but I certainly wasn't aware of it, and would not have understood an unelaborated request for information on "alphabetisms". A quick search on Google suggests that there is much terminological confusion - see, for instance, the Wikipedia entry at - with "initialism" a competing term (though I was previously blissfully ignorant of this term as well). "Alphabetism" seems more frequent in other senses, at least judging by the first few pages of hits I got for it on Google." (Bernard Comrie, p.c.) --Haspelmath 13:46, 1 August 2007 (CEST)