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Topic: OT Re: UoA (5 msgs / 91 lines)
1) From: Barry Luterman
I for one will try to stop using Acronyms on the list. I believe the use of
acronyms tends to create an elitists mentality. One of the prime goals of
this list is to educate the new list members. The use of acronyms, however,
has the tendency to discourage new members.
On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 10:31 AM, Jim and Tina Wheeler
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2) From: Joseph Robertson
Barry,
Nice Point.
JoeR
On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 2:46 PM, Barry Luterman  wrote:
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3) From: John A C Despres
Hmmm. I wonder if there's a way to share and still use acronyms? For
instance, I may speak of the wonders of my Gene Cafe (GC), and while on the
same subject end my post with "I love my GC".
Most books I read that use 'em almost always write out the full word group
with the acronym shown afterward.
John
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4) From: Jim and Tina Wheeler
During my time as a technical writer editor, we defined the acronym at
first use.  After that, we assumed the reader could remember the
definition.
In my mind, the "use of acronyms (UoA)" acronym can also mean
University of Arkansas.  That causes the little barb that interrupts
communication.
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Jim in Skull Valley
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5) From: raymanowen
"Agreed, the purpose of writing is to communicate.
Reading should be like running your hand over a wire; smooth, easy, and
lacking barbs to
make you stop and wonder what that was.  Limited use of acronyms and
abbreviations may not harm the communication, but over use is a great way to
obfuscate."
If the purpose of any particular communication is to extract a "Yes, I know
that and I agree with what you said and the way you expressed it" from a
reader that assumes he understood what you meant to say, doesn't it amount
to a waste of the whole ability to communicate?
Pravda needs some English writers- want their URL?
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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