Strictly speaking, it's neither; it's actually an initialism. Acronyms are pronounceable, like NASA and laser.
Hey cool -- I didn't know that!
If the author wanted to write out "Massively multiplayer online game," he would, and he'd use "a" to precede it.
Ok, bear with me here, as I'm not trying to be a brat -- "just makin' convo", as they say in France.
I was under the impression that in formally written English (and to be clear, I know
I'm making a deal over nothing since this is a family site, and not the Journal of Medical Science), the convention is
to spell out any acronyms (or initialisms!) completely before one begins to make extensive use of them.. so they'd first write out "it's a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG)."
Now, are you saying that since MMOG is an initialism, it would be correct for the author to then begin writing "it's an MMOG" everywhere else?
must.. get.. to.. bottom.. of this
EDIT: Nevermind! LMAO! I had the freakin' Chicago Manual of Style sitting right behind me on the table (GF's a journalist), and they certainly agree with you, so that's more than good enough for me
GW: Tashen Boke [R/Me]; Rosti The Ninja [Mo/R]; Gort Grimley [W/Ne]This comment was edited on Sep 17, 21:27.
I'm not even angry. I'm being so sincere right now, even though you broke my heart and killed me.