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Thread #67374   Message #1125310
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
27-Feb-04 - 02:38 PM
Thread Name: BS: Can't run a force without acronyms
Subject: RE: BS: Can't run a force without acronymns
On a slightly more serious note....

I used to manage an academic bookstore that carried test preparation guides for various entrance and licensure exams. Customers looking for review material for would often use acronyms or abreviations that anyone in their field would recognize, but which meant absolutely nothing to anyone outside of their field. Then, they would look at you like you were the biggest ignoramous in the world for asking them, "What's that stand for?"

To make matters worse, there are sometimes identical abreviations which mean entirely different things in different fields. "CNA" can mean "Certified Nursing Assistant" or "Certified Novell Administrator". Of course, the person waiting on the customer who's looking for a "CNA review guide" is supposed to automatically know whether she's talking about computer networks or bedpans.