By - seabassburner2020
Professionally speaking, I was instructed to type it out the first time with the abbreviations in parentheses directly following and then I could use it the rest of whatever I was typing-like and email or report. That was 15 years ago but I still do that.
stop writing in acronyms I dont know what this means.
It means Similar Are My Etiquette
No he doesnt know what THIS means: the high intensity sonar
It means Information Technology.
They asked for this, not it. So it should be Technically He Is Single.
What _doesn't_ IT stand for?
I work for the Office of Administration (OA). I have worked for OA for 15 years.
I was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I manage my ADHD with medication and pre-determined coping mechanisms.
See what I did there?
The joke was that he was a guy who thought the word “same” was an acronym. Come on bud, use some context clues.
Yeah, that’s how you’re supposed to use acronyms even in academic papers. As long as you ‘define’ the acronym during first use, I don’t see the problem with acronyms. They’re actually very useful when you have to use the name of an organization, etc. over and over within a single piece.
I think OP has more has more of a gripe with overly wordy and obscure acronyms that are never defined by the person using it. Happens on this site all of the time, and happens in specially niche subs and such. To be fair, I think he has a bit of a point on that. Sometimes you can’t even understand what a post is even about when the community is using seemingly obscure acronyms. It’s kind of like ‘I’m just gonna nope out of this thread because it feels like a waste of time to look up these acronyms.
r/femaledatingstrategies is the worst offender of this in my opinion. I literally have no idea what they are talking about half of the time.
lol yeah redditors from a sub love going into all and post all these acronyms like everyone is gonna get it. LFG is my least favorite one right now cuz all i see is looking for group not lets fucking go lol
> on that. Sometimes you can’t even understand what a post is even about when the community is using seemingly obscure acronyms. It’s kind of like ‘I’m just gonna no
WTS [Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker] PST - 2x SOJ
Ah, the Diablo 2 days.
Stones of Jordan were a currency in itself
> r/femaledatingstrategies is the worst offender of this in my opinion. I literally have no idea what they are talking about half of the time.
This is for the best, I promise you.
What's funny is you use OP which is an acronym without defining it. I think the rule of defining is good but it's not necessary depending on when/where you are using it. If you are in a community that frequently uses those acronyms it's fine to use them without a second thought but if you're talking to a different community its worth defining or explaining the acronym to keep everyone on the same page. For instance my work uses a pretty common acronym for something completely different so in the context of work I know what the acronym means but when I'm not at work if I see or hear that acronym I know they aren't talking about my work but the other common use of that acronym.
Standard academic practice too. If book chapters are not linear (e.g., collected works) the full phrase is given again before being abbreviated. Some long works such as doctoral theses will often use the full phrase again if needed (e.g., each chapter) and abbreviate again to remind the reader of the meaning.
I wish more research articles would repeat the full phrases again. Three pages in and half the page and figures are all full of acronyms for all their polymers, antibodies, proteins of interest and analysis techniques.
In this day and age of digital journals, acronyms should give you the full meaning when you hover over them.
Sames. I saw it done a few times, appreciated it and started employing it as well. It's considerate and just makes sense.
I've seen professional writing on company websites where they use things like, BTW, FWIW, YMMV. But some I've never seen before. It's a pain in the ass to google words I know but hidden behind an acronym I can't make out.
Exactly. You are otherwise expecting people to know every abbreviation and acronym ever. I always tell people at work that I don't trust acronyms. I've worked at several places which use the same ones to mean totally different things. This is in the same industry!
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I hope this is pronounced by just screaming, as with the batteries.
Lmfao imagine asking where the “aaa!“ batteries are
"No not the AA batteries, the AAA batteries! Can't you hear the difference?"
My girlfriend is named Lynn. She spells her name "Lynn". My old girlfriend's name is Lyn, too, but she spells it "Lyn". Every now and then I screw up, I call my new girlfriend by my old girlfriend's name, and she can tell because I don't say "n" as long.
*edit:* It’s a Mitch Hedberg joke for those of you out of the loop.
Well now just I simply can't wait until the remote needs new batteries...
Your poor local checkout workers
LOL I want to award this if I had the moneeey
*update* thank you all for giving awards to the op comment-all good now very sweet of you all
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Yeah TLAs suck, no one ever knows what you are talking about.
TLA = three letter acronyms
Edit: I see the comments correctly identifying TLA as an initialism and not an acronym, I hereby retroactively propose that you have all read my sentence incorrectly. TLA should be pronounced Teh-LA to be an acronym and not be pronounced T. L. A. Sorry for any confusion.
The Last Airbender?
I thought it was Three-Letter Agency, like FBI, CIA, NSA, ATF…
I mean those suck too
Not as shitty as IBS though.
That’s a great one!
No, it's not. It's a shitty one
As someone with IBS... isn't it?
Also the DEA.
The IRA isn't great either
Better than the ATF.
You can’t say that! Say goodbye, Fido
I thought my suppressor would go Pew, Pew, Pew. But it just goes Bark, Bark, BangBangBang.
Depends if it's the provisional one or not...
Fun fact. TLA’s are actually initialisms, not acronyms. Acronyms are pronounced as new words, initialisms aren’t
That is a neat factoid! Thanks for sharing
Fun fact, factoids are actually assumptions or unconfirmed information that is regurgitated so much is gets interpreted as fact. For example, the stunt woman in Jaws breaking her hip while being dragged around. Widely believed to be true. Actually never happened.
I’m just sitting here learning all sorts of neat shit today. Thanks for the info!
You can always just say the Alphabet Bois for them.
At this point can we just admit that the Federal Government sucks?
Lots of lube
SUS (Sei UnoStronzo)
[SUS = Sistema Único de Saúde](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sistema_%C3%9Anico_de_Sa%C3%BAde)
idek wtf dis means!!!
I don’t actually know that one. What’s it mean?
I swear to god
This is Jesus, how can I help you today?
This person gets it!
IKR isn't an acronym. That is initialism. An acronym has to make a word like SCUBA.
Is TIL an acronym or an initialism? It could be pronounced "till," but I've never heard anyone do so -- so presumably the latter? But at the same time I've never heard anyone say "T. I. L.," either -- so unlike "VIP," where it could be pronounced "vip" but isn't, and is thus clearly an initialism, here I'm less certain.
Christ I need a hobby.
VIP in principle can be both an acronym or initialism, because sometimes the individual letters are spelled and other times it's treated as a word.
Who the hell says vip? Is that a thing?
I have heard it several times on (English-speaking) TV
Some languages other than English also use it as a word
If your reaction is to pronounce it letter by letter
Nobody pronounces it “til” or “vip”
They are both initialisms
Yeah, but nobody pronounces it T.I.L., either -- that's the problem. People say V.I.P., but when was the last time someone said to you "oh, T.I.L.?"
In fact, because, it's not really used in speech at all, it almost becomes something closer to a symbol than a word -- we don't so much sound out the letters as see "TIL" and think "Today I Learned," in the same way that we see a red octagon and think "stop."
I say TIL…. But TEIL is not some thing people say out loud just like idk, ikr, etc
But I guess someone could do a deeper grammatology analysis on initialisms/acronyms in speech vs in writing.
Seems like a decent linguistic challenge to investigate
It's an older code sir, but it checks out.
It’s been so long since I seen/heard roflcopter, i lowkey forgot what it meant lmao
Someone should do something about it ASAP!
tbh idc lol
The MAP's are on it. Fucking pedos.
Lol MAP has to be the funniest acronym. Trying to normalize pedophilia is deplorable.
Minor attracted person. It’s quite disgusting it’s even a thing.
thats horrible now I see what you meant by normalizing pedos. Disgusting I hope that acronym isn’t seriously used.
MAPs are ppl that should be taken OTM (off the map)
When it gets bad is when they are field specific and the majority of people outside of that group have no idea what they mean.
Example: prepper community: EDC (everyday carry) SHTF (shit hits the fan) TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it)
Or topic specific. Saying you have an ED means vastly different things in weight loss subs and relationship subs...
FTM is a big one, it usually means first-time mom in parenting communities but I always have a minute of reading it as female to male and then have to go back and re-read with the correct interpretation
MLM! multilevel marketing vs male loving male vs Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.
hahahaha, that initial confusion of trying to figure out which they’re referring to always ends up in some amusing moments for me
Just get a government contacting job. You'll be pulling your hair out.
Every single person in every line of work says this about their job, know why? Because every single profession uses an ungodly amount of initialisms and acronyms now. I've worked in several different industries, each one thinks it's unique in how many acronyms it has, it isn't. It's everywhere, and it's insane. I've also worked at several places that had the same initialism used for several different things, and even though it created confusion, everyone refused to change it.
Starting as a molecular biologist, the last paper I read had an acronym key over a page long. It's all shit like "SINAT2 modifies ATG13 through a TRAF1a-dependent MAPKK cascade", I feel like even the titles are mostly acronyms. Who wants to read papers that take a cipher to understand?
I know right why can’t everyone just say Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation?
I’ve got the people who don‘t on my RAdio Detection And Ranging
Same with me on my SOund Navigation And Ranging
If only the news were clear they were talking about a certain Navy unit that operated on SEa, Air, and Land and not water manmals that were trained by the Navy.
Are those the guys who use the Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus?
anyone else want to go Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus diving with me?
Yeah hold up though I have to go to the Automatic Teller Machine first
Not the Automatic Teller Machine Machine?
Type your personal identification number number into the automated teller machine machine.
Don’t forget your Personal Identification Number
Only if it's plugged into your universal serial bus.
Are we talking about external compact disc and digital versatile disc player which use light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation?
Funny thing with LASER, ask anyone what it stands for who knows and they always trip at "amplification". Don't know why, just some mental block with most people.
I hate you. Take my upvote
You need to get a Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography of your brain.
The server is up, I packet internet groped it.
As an IT professional with a focus on networking and security, I feel this in my soul.
Lol you would hate the military
Prior military and now work for the feds. The amount of acronyms I know/use is ungodly. I keep a sheet for reference
Military and civil medic. Medicine is absolutely polluted with acronyms as well.
I've had to start organizing my acronyms into acronyms.
The problem is sometimes the acronym is the same but the words are different. I see this a ton with the military and the project management work I do as a fed.
I used to be a personal trainer and barely scratched the surface with med acronyms but even then, their were a metric ton
Military is FUBAR
Looked for the comment about the military. It's so ridiculous. I no longer find it frustrating and just find it comical. I was sitting in a meeting the other day and was just smilled any time an acronym was used.
My favorite is acronyms inside acronyms; I call it acroception. Like VOR is V(HF)OR and stands for Very High Frequency Omniderectional Range. So many goddamn acronyms.
Edit: Also, before anyone calls me out, yes I know that is inititalism but they are basically being used interchangeably ITT and I think that OP was speaking about both.... And the point still stands even if the example was initialism.
My favourite is the [HAWK](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAWK_beacon).... **H**igh-intensity **A**ctivated cross-**W**al**K**.
It's even better when you realize that different areas within the military use the same acronym but for different things.
Like you sometimes literally have to have the context of how the acronym is used to understand what it actually means
Came her for the "Well then dont join the service" comments
Dare I ask what ligma is 😳
Its my mother
Light Inhibiting Gamma Mini Anaboliser
Source: I'm on the toilet rn
Fool, do you really believe you can find a new actual unpopular opinion in this sub aside from the few cursed ones ??
I have a few unique opinions but since they sound so silly and trivial I’m too shy to post them. Especially the one about me loving to shower with socks on.
Hell, even that would be a repost.
Not saying you're a reposter, just that pretty much every opinion in the world has been expressed here, even the weird ones.
"just" and "a while ago"... Beautiful contradiction lol
Anyway, has anyone seen any of my self contained underwater breathing apparatus gear?? I can't find it
Now i know what scuba stands for ty(thank you)
Did you know that tuba stands for terrible underwater breathing apparatus?
I did not thanks for the incredible info(information)
Oh we gon LEARN today!
Yw (redundant at this point)
Lol at first I thought "I haven't heard of SCUBAG before" then I realized I was an idiot.
I still read JFC as just fuckin chill and I won't stop
Jentucky's Fried Chicken
Wow, what an unpopular opinion...
To be fair, an opinion can be reposted a lot on Reddit and still be unpopular in a wider context. Reddit users don’t represent a majority of the world’s population.
I agree. The alphabet soup drives me nuts.
We should band together and call ourselves FAATEUTD
Radar, sonar, laser, scuba…all acronyms.
But those are acronyms you say outloud
Acronym is when it makes a new word. Scuba
Initialism is when you say the letters. IRS VIP
Abbreviation is shortened version. Ave vs Avenue.
I see. I didn't know the distinction between the first 2.
Then there are backronyms, where someone makes up a title for something because they like what the letters spell.
*From Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Show:*
What does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for, Agent Ward?
Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
And what does that mean to you?
It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out "shield."
Many bills in Congress are titled by interns, that's why we always end up with things like SAFE act or FREEDOM act
The second definition of an acronym is an initialism
But these are all acronyms that have transcended their initial definitions. The public is generally more aware of the acronym than the actual words that make it up. They've become words of their own.
That’s the point of acronyms, to make a long designation of something shorter and easier to digest for the layman
100% agree. I work in consulting, so I am always working with different companies who have different internal acronyms that they all love to over use. Its a nightmare
Laughing out loud
The rule for using acronyms/abbreviations/etc is, unless its WIDELY known (like... no one says anything else for NASA and most people would recognize it better as the acronym than the full name) you write out the full term and then put the abbreviation in parentheses beside it.
Example: I was partying with big booty bitches (BBB) all night. Partying with BBB is the best because you always have somewhere to set your drink down.
Also known as FAATEUTD
My god. You would fucking die in the Computer Science field. Ever damn thing has one... EVERYTHING.
My wife is military. Everytime she came home and told a story when we first got together it sounded like "My CO told me to BFG the PBJ while ACG went to finalize the DI on PO with SICMER and the NAVSAV on MT Welson. " Then looked at me like I entirely understood what just got said.
The Post Office is like this, too. After nearly a decade, my husband is nearly fluent in Post Office speak.
Dude it's NBD
OK I agree with you but can we keep AM and PM?
Those aren’t acronyms. You get to keep ‘em.
Yeah I hate GNU too.