Cobol/COBOL, tomaytoe/tamahtoe?

We've had quite a few articles and blog entries this week on Cobol, and we've heard from several readers who think it should be all capitals (COBOL) because it is an acronyn.  I asked our copy desk about this 'cause they make up the rules around here.  Turns out they have a principle: use all capital letters only with true acronyms, where a true acronym is one where each letter is the first letter of a prinicple word.  Since Cobol is a short form of Common Business Oriented Language, Cobol is not a true acronym.  CBOL would be.  Hence the style guide at CW calls for Cobol. 

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