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When given a well-known abbreviation or acronym, Mac's built-in Text-to-Speech engine automatically speaks the correct word or pronunciation, instead of the individual letters.

For example:

vs

  • (Speech pronunciation: "versus")

Dec.

  • (Speech pronunciation: "December")

5 cm

  • (Speech pronunciation: "5 centimeters")

Dr.

  • (Speech pronunciation: "Doctor")

Dept.

  • (Speech pronunciation: "department")

Rd

  • (Speech pronunciation: "road")

OPEC

  • (Speech pronunciation: "oh-peck")

However, there are instances where Speech does not pronounce a lesser-known abbreviation correctly, and, instead, speaks the individual letters of the word.

For example:

BTW

IMO

YMMV

Is it possible to change the Speech behavior, so that when it is given "BTW," for example, it reads "by the way"?

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