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 Post subject: Acronyms... FYI
PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:40 pm 
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I'm well aware of the trend to use acronyms in online posts, emails and texts... BUT, please don't use them when posting on the Forum or looking for or listing items for sale. Sometimes, it's confusing enough trying to decipher what someone is asking or looking for without having to consult an online jargon dictionary to see if someone "Wants To Buy" - WTB, or "Is Looking For" - ILF an item. Maybe it's just me, but I hate acronyms because they can have many different meanings... just say what it is you are trying to do... and remember to "KISS" (keep it simple stupid).
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 Post subject: Re: Acronyms... FYI
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:10 am 
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I very seldom post on the forum, but am a constant and interested follower on a daily basis. However Curt's post has drawn me out of my self-imposed woodwork because I want to agree with him.
I've no doubt that people who use acronyms have no wish to confuse, but I'm afraid that's just what does happen, at least in my case.
There's also the added confusion of the two (at least) versions of English used on the forum - can't be helped and a sign of the forum's far reaching scope and success. However some abbreviations and acronyms add to the confusion issue. For instance in my neck of the woods (Ireland) we use the term soundbox, so the only mental avenue that opens up when one sees "repro" is "reproduction." It's only after having struggled to understand a message that doesn't quite make sense that it dawns on one that the abbreviation is meant to refer to a reproducer. And of course this example is just an abbreviation, not an acronym.
As for the acronyms themselves, I'm afraid I have to confess that some of them are just beyond me.
Great and interesting and all embracing forum though!


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 Post subject: Re: Acronyms... FYI
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:45 am 
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I'll chime in with a third vote for clear language. I'm occasionally amazed at how careless some folks can be when looking for an item or attempting to sell one. Is anyone really in that big a hurry? :)

Of course, it's no skin off my nose...

Best to all,
George P.


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 Post subject: Re: Acronyms... FYI
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:28 am 
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If you think that people here abuse the acronyms, I would just invite my fellow forum members to peek on the chats that your kids type on their phones, and challenge you to decode them ...

Just an evidence of GGG (generational grammatical gap)


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 Post subject: Re: Acronyms... FYI
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:43 am 
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CarlosV wrote:
If you think that people here abuse the acronyms, I would just invite my fellow forum members to peek on the chats that your kids type on their phones, and challenge you to decode them ...

Just an evidence of GGG (generational grammatical gap)


I worked for the State of New York for 32 years, and we had so many acronyms that our office put out a printed list of them. It was single-spaced and 4-5 pages long!

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 Post subject: Re: Acronyms... FYI
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:52 am 
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phonogfp wrote:
CarlosV wrote:
If you think that people here abuse the acronyms, I would just invite my fellow forum members to peek on the chats that your kids type on their phones, and challenge you to decode them ...

Just an evidence of GGG (generational grammatical gap)


I worked for the State of New York for 32 years, and we had so many acronyms that our office put out a printed list of them. It was single-spaced and 4-5 pages long!

George P.


I work for an automotive supplier...each year we receive a BOOK of site codes and acronyms...some are even acronyms of Japanese phrases :?


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 Post subject: Re: Acronyms... FYI
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:25 pm 
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HisMastersVoice wrote:
phonogfp wrote:
CarlosV wrote:
If you think that people here abuse the acronyms, I would just invite my fellow forum members to peek on the chats that your kids type on their phones, and challenge you to decode them ...

Just an evidence of GGG (generational grammatical gap)


I worked for the State of New York for 32 years, and we had so many acronyms that our office put out a printed list of them. It was single-spaced and 4-5 pages long!

George P.


I work for an automotive supplier...each year we receive a BOOK of site codes and acronyms...some are even acronyms of Japanese phrases :?
I feel your pain. I worked for a DOD contractor for many years and thought the acronyms were insane... then I moved to the telecom industry!


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 Post subject: Re: Acronyms... FYI
PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:56 am 
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Here's one I like to use sometimes: DTFMOIWKY. Definition: "Do This For Me Or I Will Kill You". Obviously, it should be used only in a limited way.

That being said, I agree with Curt. OMG!


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 Post subject: Re: Acronyms... FYI
PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:13 am 
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I also agree with Curt. In my view the only reason for using acronyms outside the workplace is laziness.


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 Post subject: Re: Acronyms... FYI
PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:11 am 
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I don't post here much, but I must say I agree. Many who visit forums like this one are new folks, trying to learn about this hobby. How annoying it is to locate a useful thread only to find some key point cloaked in acronym. I'm sure many of you have also found this phenomenon in the workplace. New hires trying their hardest to learn the ropes at a new job, only to be constantly thwarted by regulars speaking in the coded language of Acronym. In the critical first days of employment when first impressions count, the last thing a new hire needs is to be made to appear somewhat clueless. Sigh.


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