Re: acronyms

From: Walter Hicks (
Date: Thu Sep 25 2003 - 16:53:04 EDT

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    I think that your point is a valid one. However, i
    think that it requires some work by you also. Once
    the acronyms are defined to you, then I think that
    you should keep a list by your computer and not
    expect everyone to repeatedly define each acronym.
    I think that you too will find that a bit


    And for Rush Limbaugh and his fans in Rio Linda:

    ASA="American Scientific Affiliation" ;-)

    SHEILA WILSON wrote:

    > Being HN (hard-nosed) myself, I have and will
    > continue to FA (follow after) Jan de Koning -
    > deleting the acronym-filled unintelligible
    > emails. Intentionally posting emails that are
    > unreadable because of OUAWE (over-usage of
    > acronyms without explanation) is rude ATVL (at
    > the very least). Please reconsider. Not
    > everyone has been in this group for years. This
    > is my first exposure to the terms YEC (young
    > earth creationism) vs OEC (old earth
    > creationism). I knew nothing about ID
    > (intelligent design) or IC (still trying to
    > remember that one). As a Christian geologist,
    > the information has been extremely helpful . . .
    > when I understand the acronyms, OC (of course).
    > I haven't even tried the robust whatever
    > economic thing because, sheesh, no one ever
    > bothered to explain that one and it was too
    > exhausting. I do have a strong desire to
    > understand the emails but, without some
    > explanation, and occasional reminding I rarely
    > understand no matter how hard I try. Sheila
    > George Murphy <> wrote:
    > Jan de Koning wrote:
    > >
    > > Thank you, Sheila.
    > > Despite my previous requests, we
    > still get many postings with acronyms
    > > unexplained. I have taken the view
    > that, if acronyms are not explained,
    > > they are not intended for me, and
    > therefor they are often deleted before
    > > reading the whole posting. I warned
    > in the past that I would be forced to
    > > do so. In a book or an article, even
    > if they are scientific, acronyms are
    > > explained. If it takes too long to
    > do so, it is obviously not intended
    > for
    > > everyone....................
    > I'm afraid I'm going to be hard-nosed
    > about this. A listserv is not a
    > scholarly
    > book or article but a quite different
    > medium. It is much more
    > conversational.
    > Moreover, one like the asa list is
    > intended for people who have some
    > familiarity with
    > the subject. Expecting everyone who
    > uses YEC to ! explain that it means
    > "Young earth
    > creationism [or creationist]" in every
    > post is like expecting a physicist to
    > explain at
    > the beginning of a paper that c is the
    > speed of light. & scanning through a
    > post before
    > sending it, noting all the acronyms
    > I've used (some of them unconsciously)
    > & then
    > explaining each, destroys their
    > purpose, which is abbreviation.
    > Having said that, I think it's
    > reasonable to have a resource that
    > people can
    > easily consult to find frequently used
    > acronyms and abbreviations. & having
    > looked it
    > over once, it shouldn't be hard to
    > remember or call up relevant ones.
    > & often you can figure out acronymns
    > or abbreviations from context: In a
    > discussion of cosmology it isn't hard
    > to guess that BB means big bang. &
    > sometimes you
    > can work around them - as I often do
    > with a German word I don't know
    > instead of opening
    > the dictionary. Of course you can miss
    > things that way, but you usually don't
    > have to get 100% of the words in a
    > message to understand it.
    > Shalom,
    > George
    > George L. Murphy
    > Sheila McGinty Wilson

    Walt Hicks <>

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