Translating acronyms of “Designated Survivor” into Romanian




acronyms, subtitle, consistency, English, Romanian


The present article is based on research focusing on acronyms, including their forms, spelling and punctuation in English, also discussing various, often contradictory, or ambiguous definitions for so-called “minor” word-formation options. We try to argue for a more lenient definition of abbreviations, acronyms, initialisms and alphabetisms, directing our attention towards certain technical features of acronyms (uppercase letters, with or without periods). The research database is taken from a popular TV series, “Designated Survivor”, resulting in 276 unique acronyms, totaling 1,198 occurrences, which includes acronyms of 2 to 9 letters combined with numbers and specific symbols (hyphens and ampersand), and excludes common ones (DJ, TV) and Roman numbers (II, III, XIII). The most frequent English acronyms with at least 5 occurrences are considered (856), out of which the most popular 15 ones (a total of 664) are examined together with all their Romanian renditions. The conclusion section summarizes the findings, considering the aspect of “slippery” quality, yet interpreting the results from the perspective of overall consistency.

Author Biography

Attila Imre, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Attila Imre is Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics of the Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Romania. His research preoccupations range from American culture and civilization to cognitive linguistics, English morphology and syntax, all combined and embedded in translation studies, mostly translation technology, terminology and audiovisual translations. He has published several books, most recently A Logical English Grammar (2019) and An Introduction to Translator Studies (2020), the latter focusing on the translator who faces the challenges of modern times, yet becoming the ‘proof’ that machine translation not only cannot replace humans, but offers them post editing jobs.


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How to Cite

Imre, A. (2022). Translating acronyms of “Designated Survivor” into Romanian. Swedish Journal of Romanian Studies, 5(2), 157–174.