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Stupid initials and acronyms


Frank Hovis

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These do of course make sense on many occasions, such as "EU", but at other times they're awkward, clumsy, or even obscuring.  Just use the bloody words!

Current pet hates:

SBC - Sky Bet Championship - just call it the Championship (I appreciate media outlets do this for sponsorship / contractual reasons but people on football forums doing it?)

POTUS, and as of today FLOTUS - horrible words, sound like hippopotamus. Just say President and First Lady; it's always clear which country is being referred to from the context.

GOP - Grand Old Party. This used to baffle me in US papers until I found it meant Republican. Just say Republican.

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And, breathe, breathe..

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They do seem to be an effective way to talk down to people. I find at work that when you start questioning the "experts" they retreat into acronyms and other obscuring jargon, expecting people to be embarrassed to ask what they mean and just retreat from the line of questioning while pretending to have understood. They always seem absolutely astounded when asked to explain the acronyms and the line of questioning continues. 

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IT is acronym ground zero.

In fact they are so common that quite often they get duplicated for different things which leads to endless confusion. I have seen people talking to each other in acronym speak who took at least half an hour to work out they were discussing completely different things. As a result every document in IT has to have a mammoth glossary at the beginning to help people decipher the strings of meaningless abbreviations within it. 

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3 hours ago, Flirtygirty said:

IT is acronym ground zero.

In fact they are so common that quite often they get duplicated for different things which leads to endless confusion. I have seen people talking to each other in acronym speak who took at least half an hour to work out they were discussing completely different things. As a result every document in IT has to have a mammoth glossary at the beginning to help people decipher the strings of meaningless abbreviations within it. 

YANBU

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