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What to do about acronyms

Acronyms, those 2, 3, 4, and sometimes 5 letter short forms, are everywhere.

  • If we’re hungry we might get a BLT, or maybe some OJ and a PBJ sandwich, or maybe some KD.
  • At home we might switch on ESPN and watch an NHL game or an NBA game or an NFL game or anMLB game or the PGA tournament.
  • We worry about our kids having ADHD and we watch our BMI and restrict the amount of MSG we consume so we don’t end up in ICU, or in ER, or even worse, DOA. In business, our CEO will discuss our B2B strategy with FT and PT employees.
  • We may have a B2C service that is open 24/7 that our CFO claims is too inefficient so he asks theCTO to get the IT department to make it cost effective.
  • And let’s not even get started with our computer life where we surf the WWW using a URL to find a BLOG site or review our RSS feeds or go to a P2P site to listen to a new band.

But did you know that acronyms are a 20th Century thing. The first time the word acronym was defined in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) was 1949. Boy have we come a long way since then.

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