All those abbreviations (shortenings as I name them) drive me crazy
December 27, 2012 7:10pm CST
It seems to be the way to do these days more than ever: using abbreviations. PPV, CTP, PSP, CP etc. etc. There's absolutely no system in it because a laptop is staill a laptop instead of LT. So here I am 56 yo always having to ask: what are you talking about this time? Is it really so hard to name the things as they are? Let me do some self reflection here: I'm Dutch and for sure in the Dutch language we also use this. Maybe I'm not too familiair with English. But here's this other (in my eyes rediculous) thing: Often I look on a site about the weather forecast in the Philippines. Especially during typhoon season. And then I read: "As of today there is no tropical storm within the PAR (Philippines Area of Reponsibility)". First the abbreviation and right after it the meaning of it!!! Why us the shortening AND the meaning of it over and over again? It's 100% senseless! Anyway, I feel so stupid when people look at me with eyes saying "You idiot. Don't you know???" No! I'm no idiot! It's just that I am not familiair with all these gadgets etc.
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
28 Dec 12
Hi, Abbreviations are for use on experienced personnel only. It is designed to save time and space. Sometimes, for general use, the full words is often placed first and the first letters of the words enclosed in parenthesis to denote its meaning. The contextual meaning of the letters are then understood throughout the paragraph or document. Sometimes I do get lost in it, having not made my homework or having missed the basics. So I made it a point to do research on it. It required in my line of work as a computer technician to know the meaning of those letters in order to understand the system and how to trouble shoot it. As a rule, every good writer should minimize the use of it, if it is not possible, it is always proper to spell them out. In computer usage, it is necessary to save space, like in accessing the Basic Input-Output System (BIOS) in the Complementary Metal Oxide Simeconductor (CMOS). All the instructions there that we see are all abbreviated and it would take a while to learn them all, much more how they interact with one another, their functions and the effects when we alter their values.
28 Dec 12
Thanks a lot for your respond. I can see where you're coming from and yes you're right when it comes to experienced personnel. But I think the use of abbreviations has grown tremendously over the last 10 years. And for me as an older man, not having kids, it's very hard to keep up with. And yet I don't wanna be an old man sitting behind the wiondow staring outside. I try to live life to the fullest, always interested what's going on in the world. But I stumble (and fall!) over those abbreviations over and over again.