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> I get very annoyed with the over-use of acronyms in IT
IT isn't the only area. TW <grin> are as much at fault. I was talking with
my hubby the other day and I mentioned talking to an SME. He said "what?"
And so I explained it to him. He couldn't believe we had an acronym for
that. "Why don't you just say expert? Isn't is clear that you'd only ask an
expert in the field you inquiring about? And 'expert' is fewer syllables
than 'SME'! Jeesh!" Needless to say he went on about how tech writers are
merely expanding the acronym universe. And after I thought about it, he
sounded kinda right. Why do we need an acronym for expert? And the acronym
is one that only other tech writers usually understand. Why make it more
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