RE: creating funny TLAs - rant warning

Subject: RE: creating funny TLAs - rant warning
From: "Christensen, Kent" <lkchris -at- sandia -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 09:01:10 -0600

re: ... "lose the pronouns and the acronyms." Doing so does wonders for

I couldn't agree more but offer we may be fighting a losing battle. While
perhaps not strictly meeting the definition of TLA, I've noted working at
this laboratory that scientists and engineers apparently possess a seemingly
universal desire to name products and processes with catchy word titles. I
sometimes wonder whether there are courses for this. See ...

SANS - Specific Anion Nanoengineered Sorbents

TIVA (thermally-induced voltage alteration)/SEI (Seebeck Effect Imaging)

Readability? See if you can make sense of

Then there's FALCON, which isn't an acronym at all, just a made-up name:

There are good and bad examples here, and sometimes I think a name is a good


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