Re: Clashing Initialisms

Subject: Re: Clashing Initialisms
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 07:58:10 -0400

On 18.04.2012 08:41, Sion Lane wrote:

I have a document where CLI is the initialism of both Caller Line
Identification and Command Line Interface.

You need to use AI (Adaptive Initialism) to represent the AI (Alternate Identification) scheme in this AI (Abstrusified Implementation) of AI (Additional Idiocy).

Step back three paces, scream, step back three paces more, scream again, and then revise your whole approach.

If the product description or the product itself already uses both initialisms, then a warning paragraph, outlined in flashing bold squiggles, should direct the reader to methods for overcoming the confusion. "The two separate and seemingly confusing uses of CLI can readily be detected through context. Application of this technique is left as an exercise for the reader."

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