Gengulphus wrote:Arborbridge wrote:... I didn't think chasing down that link - it might have been a rabbit hole ...
You didn't actually need to chase down the link - just looking at it properly reveals:
I do realise of course that actual link text is often uninformative - but it does prove useful often enough that I find it worth at least casting a quick eye over it.
OK I didn't notice amongst the address of the link that there was concealed the answer to my question. I'm stupid, lazy, dumb, however you want to characterise it: maybe just human?
But the fact remains that creeping acronyms and abbreviated forms in general are a menace and help to make language less transparent rather than more. Language is the art of communication and if people want to communicate they do so more effectively by making their language more transparent rather than obscure. We aren't here to set or play guessing games.
We all use abbreviations within a context where they are well known and understood (for example the HYP community uses "HYP" or "VOD" because everyone in that group knows what it stands for): that is acceptable. But what too often happens is that an acronym drops in out of the blue - it's happened at least twice recently - and then people start wasting time pondering on what it means and where it was first mentioned, rather than understanding the conversation.
There's no excuse for it and at least two of us were baffled, with no doubt several others who didn't like to raise the point. Those people will be less likely to ask questions (on any subject) and find out in future, if others belittle them for doing so.