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  • n. An initialism: an abbreviation which is read letter-by-letter, such as "U.N."
  • n. The ability to read an alphabet, a rudimentary form of literacy.
  • n. Excessive reliance upon the alphabet or alphabetic structures.
  • n. Discrimination on the basis of the first letter of a name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The expression of spoken sounds by an alphabet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The use of an alphabet as a stage in the development of written language; notation by means of an alphabet.

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  • Term has broader uses, but as applied to nomenclature, this is the best definition I could find:

    alphabetism (plural alphabetisms)

    An initialism: an abbreviation which is read letter-by-letter, such as "U.N."

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/alphabetism

    July 27, 2009

  • Discrimination against those with names beginning with a letter that comes later in the alphabet.

    December 9, 2007