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Mandajolene123

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.


Ayeager77

Same.


itirnitii

stop writing in acronyms I dont know what this means.


whentheraincomes66

It means Similar Are My Etiquette


Capital_Ordinary8043

No he doesnt know what THIS means: the high intensity sonar


[deleted]

stop writing in acronyms I dont know what this means.


pryjar

It means Information Technology.


NotAFudder

They asked for this, not it. So it should be Technically He Is Single.


sc0tlas

What _doesn't_ IT stand for?


Mandajolene123

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?


[deleted]

The joke was that he was a guy who thought the word “same” was an acronym. Come on bud, use some context clues.


Gagago302

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.


amazian77

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


KingEdwardIVXX

> 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


andrewtater

Ah, the Diablo 2 days. Stones of Jordan were a currency in itself


GiantPurplePeopleEat

> 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.


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acecayde

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.


lnhvtepn

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.


TotalFork

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.


Yeastdonkey

In this day and age of digital journals, acronyms should give you the full meaning when you hover over them.


Chabsy

Sames. I saw it done a few times, appreciated it and started employing it as well. It's considerate and just makes sense.


timeslider

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.


Upier1

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!


Perrin42

Join the AAAAA: Americans Against the Abuse of Alliterative Acronyms. Sign up today!


Fudgy97

I hope this is pronounced by just screaming, as with the batteries.


Particular-Tea8818

Lmfao imagine asking where the “aaa!“ batteries are


Scyxurz

"No not the AA batteries, the AAA batteries! Can't you hear the difference?"


Actually_Im_a_Broom

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.


ShackThompson

Well now just I simply can't wait until the remote needs new batteries...


Usernames3R6finite9

Your poor local checkout workers


wandrlusty

r/AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


ICantPronounceThat

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


[deleted]

Join the AAAAAAAA: Americans Able to Award "Americans Against the Abuse of Alliterative Acronyms"!


skyeyemx

Username checks out


FullofContradictions

Awarded that guy just for u. ✨


APC_ChemE

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.


GleithCZ

The Last Airbender?


DumbDogma

I thought it was Three-Letter Agency, like FBI, CIA, NSA, ATF…


Boomawesome4269

I mean those suck too


MidnightJ1200

IRS especially


EverSeeAShiterFly

Not as shitty as IBS though.


twitchelicious

That’s a great one!


SaviorMoney

No, it's not. It's a shitty one


TheRealDurken

As someone with IBS... isn't it?


Real_Money531

Also the DEA.


reddogfishman

The IRA isn't great either


SergioFromTX

Better than the ATF.


[deleted]

You can’t say that! Say goodbye, Fido


ForTheWinMag

I thought my suppressor would go Pew, Pew, Pew. But it just goes Bark, Bark, BangBangBang.


Memfir

Depends if it's the provisional one or not...


PapaPepesPickledNips

Fun fact. TLA’s are actually initialisms, not acronyms. Acronyms are pronounced as new words, initialisms aren’t


Delimeme

That is a neat factoid! Thanks for sharing


TheWizard01

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.


Delimeme

I’m just sitting here learning all sorts of neat shit today. Thanks for the info!


JohnTG4

You can always just say the Alphabet Bois for them.


Real_Money531

At this point can we just admit that the Federal Government sucks?


nowiforgotmypassword

IKR?


Me-Right-You-Wrong

fr


SuccMyStrangerThings

ngl


OnePunchEve

tbh


The-small-mammoth

Smh


Bones_Malone420

Lol


UnoStronzo

Lots of lube


SoloNETHER

SUS (Sei UnoStronzo)


Phlm_br

[SUS = Sistema Único de Saúde](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sistema_%C3%9Anico_de_Sa%C3%BAde)


janhatka

iykyk


UnoStronzo

ikwym


turbo-adhd

afaik


thisiscameron

...idts


[deleted]

gtfoh


LtMorphy

Idgaf


throwawayyourfun

OMGWTFBBQ


Neat_Ad1520

idek wtf dis means!!!


KishKishtheNiffler

Omg


Cautious-Memer

Iykyk


boston_nsca

Lmao


strayakant

Rofl


Optimal-Brick-3188

Rip af


[deleted]

Istg


gr33nteaholic

Rotflmao


riancb

I don’t actually know that one. What’s it mean?


weedsexcoffee

I swear to god


Time-Comedian1774

This is Jesus, how can I help you today?


MeatMeOutside

Initialism.


nowiforgotmypassword

This person gets it!


RepresentativeNo6564

POV: idgaf


Push_Bright

IKR isn't an acronym. That is initialism. An acronym has to make a word like SCUBA.


alotoftea

TIL


SafetyDanceInMyPants

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.


FM79SG

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.


_Plastics

Who the hell says vip? Is that a thing?


FM79SG

I have heard it several times on (English-speaking) TV Some languages other than English also use it as a word


therealtazsella

If your reaction is to pronounce it letter by letter Initialism If not Acronym Nobody pronounces it “til” or “vip” They are both initialisms


SafetyDanceInMyPants

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."


therealtazsella

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


nowiforgotmypassword

Exactly!


KingCosmicBrownie

Roflcopter


ReginaldIII

It's an older code sir, but it checks out.


KingCosmicBrownie

It’s been so long since I seen/heard roflcopter, i lowkey forgot what it meant lmao


OutrageousStrength91

Someone should do something about it ASAP!


Shallien

tbh idc lol


WriterSweet5799

ikr


wutami09

Fr fr


SonalBoiiACC

Ffs


KotoWhiskas

Lmao


Academic_Snow_7680

The MAP's are on it. Fucking pedos.


MrBae

Lol MAP has to be the funniest acronym. Trying to normalize pedophilia is deplorable.


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whats MAP


MrBae

Minor attracted person. It’s quite disgusting it’s even a thing.


[deleted]

thats horrible now I see what you meant by normalizing pedos. Disgusting I hope that acronym isn’t seriously used.


MurseWoods

MAPs are ppl that should be taken OTM (off the map)


Matto-san

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)


MiniRems

Or topic specific. Saying you have an ED means vastly different things in weight loss subs and relationship subs...


flyingcactus2047

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


blue_bayou_blue

MLM! multilevel marketing vs male loving male vs Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.


CinnamonArmin

hahahaha, that initial confusion of trying to figure out which they’re referring to always ends up in some amusing moments for me


bigmacjames

Just get a government contacting job. You'll be pulling your hair out.


jockotaco14

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.


Maximum-Stable2728

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?


LostMyInhibiterChip

I know right why can’t everyone just say Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation?


Hyperflip

I’ve got the people who don‘t on my RAdio Detection And Ranging


just-a-banana223

Same with me on my SOund Navigation And Ranging


fuckondeeeeeeeeznuts

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.


Stealocke

Are those the guys who use the Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus?


coke125

anyone else want to go Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus diving with me?


MuteSecurityO

Yeah hold up though I have to go to the Automatic Teller Machine first


CannedRoo

Not the Automatic Teller Machine Machine?


madmaxextra

PIN number.


FormerLurker3

Type your personal identification number number into the automated teller machine machine.


panicinthecar

Don’t forget your Personal Identification Number


Horzzo

Only if it's plugged into your universal serial bus.


supaami

Are we talking about external compact disc and digital versatile disc player which use light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation?


madmaxextra

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.


Snoo_13783

I hate you. Take my upvote


wrongdude91

You need to get a Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography of your brain.


madmaxextra

The server is up, I packet internet groped it.


MBAH2017

As an IT professional with a focus on networking and security, I feel this in my soul.


bsnydaa

Lol you would hate the military


HxH101kite

Prior military and now work for the feds. The amount of acronyms I know/use is ungodly. I keep a sheet for reference


Dolby_surroundpound

Military and civil medic. Medicine is absolutely polluted with acronyms as well. I've had to start organizing my acronyms into acronyms.


HxH101kite

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


TVotte

Military is FUBAR


redditisdumb2018

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.


Wuz314159

My favourite is the [HAWK](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAWK_beacon).... **H**igh-intensity **A**ctivated cross-**W**al**K**.


shitcars__dullknives

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


HowDidCatdogPoop

Came her for the "Well then dont join the service" comments


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LIGMA


comfortzoneking

Dare I ask what ligma is 😳


[deleted]

LIGMA BALLS


brinkstick

GOTTTTTTEM


shadowblaze25mc

Who's Joe?


[deleted]

Joseph Mother


[deleted]

Joseph Stalin


dramatic-ad-5033

r/suddenlycommunist


Little-Ad9975

Its my mother


williocheerio33

Joe MAMA


comfortzoneking

😱


roccobaroco

Light Inhibiting Gamma Mini Anaboliser Source: I'm on the toilet rn


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dinasha

Fool, do you really believe you can find a new actual unpopular opinion in this sub aside from the few cursed ones ??


Generic_username242

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.


RobARMMemez

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.


TinyTurtle88

"just" and "a while ago"... Beautiful contradiction lol


HowDidCatdogPoop

Yeah seriously. Anyway, has anyone seen any of my self contained underwater breathing apparatus gear?? I can't find it


WatchMaster56

Now i know what scuba stands for ty(thank you)


dilipi

Did you know that tuba stands for terrible underwater breathing apparatus?


WatchMaster56

I did not thanks for the incredible info(information)


HowDidCatdogPoop

Oh we gon LEARN today! Yw (redundant at this point)


Faoxsnewz

Lol at first I thought "I haven't heard of SCUBAG before" then I realized I was an idiot.


[deleted]

I still read JFC as just fuckin chill and I won't stop


katsumii

Jentucky's Fried Chicken


DandyBerlin

Wow, what an unpopular opinion... https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/rvc9cs/everybody_should_stop_writing_acronyms/ https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/pddd2t/i_hate_the_overuse_of_acronyms_on_reddit/ https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/svcyfu/fuck_your_unnecessary_abbreviations/ https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/qx0l0m/i_really_hate_reading_acronyms/ https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/pclqdr/people_should_use_acronyms_only_when_their/ https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/jwodhq/the_amount_of_acronyms_on_subs_nowadays_is_insane/ https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/pwsbkq/theres_too_many_damn_acronyms_everywhere/ https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/pncimg/i_hate_acronyms/ https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/pqf4il/acronyms_are_annoying_and_often_waste_more_time/


TheMan5991

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.


HopDavid

I agree. The alphabet soup drives me nuts. We should band together and call ourselves FAATEUTD


AlfabetS0up

Sorry


Dahl_E_Lama

Radar, sonar, laser, scuba…all acronyms.


2dank4normies

But those are acronyms you say outloud


KingKookus

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.


2dank4normies

I see. I didn't know the distinction between the first 2.


Procrastibator666

Well TIL


firelock_ny

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:* Maria Hill: What does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for, Agent Ward? Grant Ward: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. Maria: And what does that mean to you? Ward: It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out "shield."


Cm0002

Many bills in Congress are titled by interns, that's why we always end up with things like SAFE act or FREEDOM act


Poopyoo

The second definition of an acronym is an initialism


thewilliambecker

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.


Captain_Saftey

That’s the point of acronyms, to make a long designation of something shorter and easier to digest for the layman


Malvo85

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


Diligent_Chemistry63

Laughing out loud


Cuterthanu

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.


daisydaisydaisy12

FA!!!


AwkwardStar89

flight attendant?


JohnTG4

Furaffinity?


animalfath3r

Also known as FAATEUTD


natesovenator

My god. You would fucking die in the Computer Science field. Ever damn thing has one... EVERYTHING.


ScriptedCrypt

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.


there_should_be_snow

The Post Office is like this, too. After nearly a decade, my husband is nearly fluent in Post Office speak.


jesus_slept

Dude it's NBD


thiccthottoad

OK I agree with you but can we keep AM and PM?


Ayeager77

Those aren’t acronyms. You get to keep ‘em.


Kharadin92

Yeah I hate GNU too.