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Acronyms Really Annoy Me

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So on a recent thread a regular contributor said that he would be looking at POOS.  Working at home its not often I laugh out loud and the posting was meant in all seriousness regarding Purchase Of Own Shares.

 

Back in the day I was given a new pad for audit where the column headings for ‘cumulative’ and ‘analysis’ were abbreviated and again my schoolboy humour was brought out.  I also had a manager write ‘LSD’ on the top of accounts but it wasn’t the offer I thought.

 

I hate other industries trying to baffle me with acronyms they think everyone should understand so wondering if there are any good ones to throw back at them.

 

TIA

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By Tom Cross
09th Oct 2021 14:21

I'm with you, on this one wingman22.

In addition to the day job, I'm also vice-chair of Governors, at my local primary school. Once the Department for Education (DfE) have you onboard, it really is heaven help you.

Just take a look https://bso.bradford.gov.uk/content/communications/common-acronyms

Whenever I write to client, or indeed anyone else, I always include the full title, followed by the acronym. An example might be "the letter which you've recieved from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) etc etc"

When listening to BBC Radio 4, on the financial topics, it's arrogant to assume that a listener knows what "Q2" really is.

Perhaps it's just you and me? BFN!

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By Hugo Fair
09th Oct 2021 15:00

IMHO and AFAIK it depends on whether or not I've encountered the acronym before (IDOWONIETAB).

EDIT (not an acronym): I followed your wonderful Bradford link and treated the list as a test - scoring a fraction under 50%. Do I get a prize?

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By Brend201
15th Oct 2021 14:26

Tom Cross wrote:

Whenever I write to client, or indeed anyone else, I always include the full title, followed by the acronym. An example might be "the letter which you've recieved from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) etc etc"

I very much hope that you never write to clients using "recieved". (I agree fully with your approach though.)

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By tom123
10th Oct 2021 14:11

As a fellow school governor, and now academy CFO, I hear you loud and clear @Tom Cross.

Whenever new governors of my primary school arrive (often solicitors, HR people, etc - who are used to meetings) I explain the first few months will mean very little on account of the education 'speak'.

My school is funded by 'GAG', which, to me, means vomit, but apparently stands for 'General Administrative Grant' or something..

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By Duggimon
11th Oct 2021 10:31

Gagging might lead to vomiting, but the two are separate and distinct actions, IMHO, FYI, TBH, IYKWIM, LOL

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
11th Oct 2021 10:58

I can just about bring myself to live with LOL, but I draw the line at LMAO.

How? Why! What's it even mean?

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By wingman22
11th Oct 2021 14:58

LOL - Lots of Love?

IANAL – I am not a lawyer.

We did have the Self Help IT department and they stood up to their name.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
11th Oct 2021 15:23

wingman22 wrote:

We did have the Self Help IT department and they stood up to their name.

Ha ha! Were they Creating Real-time Alternative Procedures?

ROLF is another I'm not keen on (conjures up a bearded kiddy-fiddler with a didgeridoo).

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By Constantly Confused
13th Oct 2021 14:13

I'msorryIhaven'taclue wrote:

ROLF is another I'm not keen on (conjures up a bearded kiddy-fiddler with a didgeridoo).

Do you perhaps mean ROFL? Or have you found one I don't know?

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By Hugo Fair
13th Oct 2021 15:44

Letters probably got jumbled as a result of listening to "Stairway to Heaven" played on a didgeridoo!

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
14th Oct 2021 09:55

Rofl Harris... OMG, I see what you mean.

I enjoyed hearing a few years ago how Rolf was annoying warders and prisoners alike at Stafford Prison by collecting cardboard toilet roll tubes to build didgeridoos which he played constantly. Rofl!

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By DJKL
11th Oct 2021 15:16

I create my own:- when we ran lots of entities I used short forms to name them in memos/reports, so MME,MMP,LPM, MB,MOD,LSS, FOS,WOL, MBM, IKB,F &T, ESP- there are likely some others I can no longer remember.

Basically the curse of property developments was myriad SPVs.

I used to have a client that was even worse, at least mine you had a chance of working them out if you worked for the business, he named his five shops Base1 to Base 5 (they used radios to communicate), catch was as the external accountant I could never remember which was which so meeting got confusing. I frankly could not understand why their names were not used instead, each shop traded under a different name, it would have been far more sensible though would have identified them on their radios to third parties.

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By John Stokdyk
13th Oct 2021 13:09

Oh Gawd, I hear you... but with a sense of shame and foreboding because with all the tax & tech content I delve into, I know I'm as guilty of anyone here of dishing out the TLAs (three-letter acronyms).

We can thank the fluffy cloud generation for consigning some of the old PC acronyms to the memory bank (RAM, ROM, CPU, VDU etc), but others refuse to go away, like ERP, CRM and FP&A. Sometimes, ADS (acronym deployment syndrome) has to happen - especially if you're trying to squeeze a complicated subject into a 50-character headline.

While I admit to committing many of these sins, however, can I deflect attention to another well known set of intials that acts as something of an acronym generator within the profession... HMRC - by far the biggest per-capita producer of TLAs within the UK from my experience.

Everybody has learned to live with the basic taxes like VAT and CGT. But it's when they think up something new like CJRS that the fun really begins. And then they start changing their minds... I remember especially when the thing we might know today as MTD started life as "Filing By Internet" (FBI). It was fun while it lasted, but we've been playing catch up ever since.

Even in the past month or two, we have probably devoted 5 person hours on the Aweb team to debating whether we should type MTD for ITSA (like MTD for VAT) or MTD ITSA. I wonder how long our colleagues at HMRC and the professional bodies spent on that conversation too.

Sorry... did someone press a big red Pavlovian button there? I seem to have fallen down a deep well surrounded by big, shiny letters.

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By SteveHa
13th Oct 2021 13:35

Was the "TIA" at the end of your post meant to be sardonic?

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By wingman22
14th Oct 2021 09:46

MDTP said it would be polite.

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By tom123
14th Oct 2021 09:31

Don't whatever you do start working in education :)

God - I have replied twice to the same thread. Must be age, I am 50 next week

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By StephenGuy
15th Oct 2021 17:15

I have a hatred of acronyms too.

I believe it is part of my job to make technical subjects intelligible to others, and using jargon, whether acronyms or otherwise, isn't helpful. You could argue it is just plain rude.

My pet hates are school parents' evenings and doctor's consultations. When they start using acronyms I just make my own up and see how long it takes before they give up.

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