The appropriate use of acronyms

Sadly I do not yet work entirely for myself so I’m stuck dealing with the corporate world for a little while longer.

One thing about this environment that really irritates me is the use of acronyms. Our quality control department is especially bad at this. In their little bubble it may seem like a great idea to make acronym of commonly used phrases but to outsiders (which of course of 99%+ of the company) these phrases are used infrequently, so acronyms only serve to confuse people because they’re not familiar enough with the terms to make sense of the acronym.

Acronyms only work when the full version of the phrase is sufficiently known that it is immediately apparent what the acronym is. Otherwise if people are needing to take time to look up what the acronym is, their purpose is completely defeated as you’re causing people to expend extra effort to understand what you’re trying to say.

So use acronyms very sparingly, employing them only when it is immediately apparent what the acronym means.

By Dave

Dave is the proud father of Ellie and Jack. There's nothing that makes him happier than spending time with his incredible wife and their amazing children. He's a civil/mechanical engineer and he also builds and maintains WordPress websites.

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