When we put initial letters together into a word this is called an acronym. We do this occasionally in English (for example, the way we say NATO) but usually we just pronounce each letter separately (as in UK which doesn’t rhyme with yuck!). With Spanish initials, acronyms are created whenever possible, so for example United Nations (Organización de Naciones Unidas) is pronounced like the word “ONU”. There are plenty of examples of this all the way through the language, but for some reason I needed a few seconds to work out the meaning of the word “oenegé” which was actually spelt out like this in a newspaper article. If you read it out phonetically you will find you are saying “ONG”. This means “Organización No Gubernamental” or as we say, NGO, which includes all kinds of associations, lobby groups and charities.
Posted by: janecronin | December 29, 2012
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