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Oct 10, 2018 06:39:31   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
"Raw" is not an acronym, and it's not a backronym, so there's no reason to capitalize every letter. Would you ask someone if he wants his carrots cooked or RAW?

From Word-A-Day -
In a backronym, an expansion is invented to treat an existing word as an acronym. For example, some believe that the word NEWS is an acronym for North, East, West, and South. In reality, the word is coined from “new” as in: What’s new?
When naming something, sometimes a suitable name is chosen and then an acronym is retrofitted on top of it: USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism). The clunkiness of the expansion is a quick giveaway. How about forming a backronym for ACRONYM itself: A Contrived Result Of Nomenclature Yielding Mechanism?
Often, backronyms serve a useful purpose as mnemonics.

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Oct 10, 2018 07:10:14   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Maybe people capitalize it for emphasis.

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Oct 10, 2018 08:51:48   #
jaymatt (a regular here)
 
jerryc41 wrote:
"Raw" is not an acronym, and it's not a backronym, so there's no reason to capitalize every letter. Would you ask someone if he wants his carrots cooked or RAW?

From Word-A-Day -
In a backronym, an expansion is invented to treat an existing word as an acronym. For example, some believe that the word NEWS is an acronym for North, East, West, and South. In reality, the word is coined from “new” as in: What’s new?
When naming something, sometimes a suitable name is chosen and then an acronym is retrofitted on top of it: USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism). The clunkiness of the expansion is a quick giveaway. How about forming a backronym for ACRONYM itself: A Contrived Result Of Nomenclature Yielding Mechanism?
Often, backronyms serve a useful purpose as mnemonics.
"Raw" is not an acronym, and it's not a ... (show quote)


Jerry, you have too much time on your hands.

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Oct 10, 2018 09:30:53   #
dsmeltz (a regular here)
 
People capitalize it due to its evolved use as a term of art. As a term of art it is RAW. People started capitalizing it and it stuck. So now it is RAW. Just like now "among/between" are synonyms "affect/impact" are both verbs, etc... The tide of the great unwashed being given access to writing implements continues to roll over us...

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Oct 10, 2018 09:56:53   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
dsmeltz wrote:
People capitalize it due to its evolved use as a term of art. As a term of art it is RAW. People started capitalizing it and it stuck. So now it is RAW. Just like now "among/between" are synonyms "affect/impact" are both verbs, etc... The tide of the great unwashed being given access to writing implements continues to roll over us...


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Oct 10, 2018 10:48:56   #
via the lens
 
jerryc41 wrote:
"Raw" is not an acronym, and it's not a backronym, so there's no reason to capitalize every letter. Would you ask someone if he wants his carrots cooked or RAW?

From Word-A-Day -
In a backronym, an expansion is invented to treat an existing word as an acronym. For example, some believe that the word NEWS is an acronym for North, East, West, and South. In reality, the word is coined from “new” as in: What’s new?
When naming something, sometimes a suitable name is chosen and then an acronym is retrofitted on top of it: USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism). The clunkiness of the expansion is a quick giveaway. How about forming a backronym for ACRONYM itself: A Contrived Result Of Nomenclature Yielding Mechanism?
Often, backronyms serve a useful purpose as mnemonics.
"Raw" is not an acronym, and it's not a ... (show quote)


Straight from "The Manual of Photography," the = of the photography "bible" - RAW is not a single file format but is a generic term indicating proprietary image file formats...." The term "RAW" does not appear to stand for any particular string of words, as in JPEG, DNG, PDF, etc. However, they use RAW to denote a specific file type and the word "raw" in the sense of "raw data." It is a way of differentiation.

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Oct 10, 2018 10:49:42   #
via the lens
 
dsmeltz wrote:
People capitalize it due to its evolved use as a term of art. As a term of art it is RAW. People started capitalizing it and it stuck. So now it is RAW. Just like now "among/between" are synonyms "affect/impact" are both verbs, etc... The tide of the great unwashed being given access to writing implements continues to roll over us...


Actually it came out immediately as RAW. It did not evolve unless people are now not capitalizing it.

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Oct 10, 2018 11:49:14   #
Linda From Maine (a regular here)
 
via the lens wrote:
Actually it came out immediately as RAW. It did not evolve unless people are now not capitalizing it.
That's what I remember also. And I saw an older reference that suggested the all-caps was to keep similar style as TIFF and JPEG

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Oct 10, 2018 12:25:02   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Linda From Maine wrote:
That's what I remember also. And I saw an older reference that suggested the all-caps was to keep similar style as TIFF and JPEG

I agree.
Keep the image connotation the same.

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Oct 10, 2018 12:26:03   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
jerryc41 wrote:
"Raw" is not an acronym, and it's not a backronym, so there's no reason to capitalize every letter. Would you ask someone if he wants his carrots cooked or RAW?

From Word-A-Day -
In a backronym, an expansion is invented to treat an existing word as an acronym. For example, some believe that the word NEWS is an acronym for North, East, West, and South. In reality, the word is coined from “new” as in: What’s new?
When naming something, sometimes a suitable name is chosen and then an acronym is retrofitted on top of it: USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism). The clunkiness of the expansion is a quick giveaway. How about forming a backronym for ACRONYM itself: A Contrived Result Of Nomenclature Yielding Mechanism?
Often, backronyms serve a useful purpose as mnemonics.
"Raw" is not an acronym, and it's not a ... (show quote)


That way when someone writes RAW we know the person isn't talking about food.

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Oct 10, 2018 12:28:16   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
BebuLamar wrote:
That way when someone writes RAW we know the person isn't talking about food.



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Oct 11, 2018 06:42:21   #
ELNikkor (a regular here)
 
and all this time I thought it meant "Really Awesome Wow"!

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Oct 11, 2018 07:54:45   #
traderjohn (a regular here)
 
jaymatt wrote:
Jerry, you have too much time on your hands.


Upstate people.

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Oct 11, 2018 08:20:18   #
MrBob
 
dsmeltz wrote:
People capitalize it due to its evolved use as a term of art. As a term of art it is RAW. People started capitalizing it and it stuck. So now it is RAW. Just like now "among/between" are synonyms "affect/impact" are both verbs, etc... The tide of the great unwashed being given access to writing implements continues to roll over us...


I just love your use of words in your comments...makes my day.

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Oct 11, 2018 08:22:11   #
LCD
 
RAW, a camera file format, is different than raw, uncooked food.

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