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Is there a rule for how to compose acronyms in German?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 15th, 2015 at 06:41:48 PM EST
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Not that I know.

take BVG. actual name:

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe

Now there is no "G" in there. I harkens back to the original name:

 Berliner Verkehrs-AktienGesellschaft

But even there they just dropped just the "A".

by IM on Sun Mar 15th, 2015 at 06:56:28 PM EST
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No, and there is not even a rule how to say (as opposed to write) them. "BVG" (Be Vau Ge) is used frequently in speaking, in discussions of rotting infrastructure or ticket prices, but never for constitutional matters. Don't try to say the acronym BVerfG, say "Karlsruhe". (A tourist in the Hamburg S-Bahn once asked me the way to station Aitch Bee Eff, and it took me a long while before I got where he wanted to go!) If you read on legal matters though, and decisions are quoted, the sources contain the "BVerfG".
by Katrin on Mon Mar 16th, 2015 at 05:00:13 AM EST
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Now that the EC trains to Germany are run by DB-ÖBB (and not by Trenitalia that never cared what happened after the train left Italy), the announcements in Italian train stations try to announce the stops in Austria and Germany as well. So I now know that the train stops in something called Innsbruck acca-bi-effe.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Mar 16th, 2015 at 05:07:51 AM EST
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This is not as funny or interesting as your examples, but I recently realised that I never heard the spoken version of "EBA" (for Eisenbahn-Bundesamt = Federal Rail Authority) despite reading it thousands of times. That is, "eba" (the way I read it in my mind) or "E-Be-A"? A German colleague confirmed that it's the first.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Mar 16th, 2015 at 04:21:47 PM EST
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