Thursday, December 9, 2010

Forced Acronyms

If an acronym works and is creative, that's fantastic. I did a semester with Sea Education Association (aka SEA) which is a great acronym because it wasn't forced and the acronym spells out the subject of the semester. Awesome! However, when people start forcing acronyms such that they need to take letter from within words, I get angry. Like today I saw an article about the LOTUS study. You know what those letters stand for? LOng Term follow up after intra-Uterine transfusionS. Not only did the creators of this acronym take letters from within words, they also borrowed the very last letter of a word. UNACCEPTABLE. I guess LTFAIUT doesn't have the same ring to it as LOTUS, but still... GAH that made me so mad.

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