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June 14, 2012
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It would not be a good idea for the acronym AIDS to gradually become a lower-case word like scuba, radar, and fax have done. There is one particularly good reason for this: "aid" and "aids" are already words meaning something completely different. There was no pre-existing word with its own meaning for "scuba", "radar", and "fax".
Additionally: Unless they have a good reason, BBC ought to respect and adopt the way organizations refer to themselves. NASA never calls itself Nasa, so the BBC should not, either. The United Nations always refers to its programme on HIV/AIDS as UNAIDS, not UNAids like the BBC sometimes does. And so forth. Similarly, let's let the medical community lead on how to refer to the disease AIDS. No medical journal is going to refer to it as Aids, so why should the BBC?
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