ACORN

ACORN – A Comment On Random Nomenclature.

In recent news it appears that the MOD (Ministry of Defence) uses far too many acronyms.  In fact many are not acronyms, as in ACORN, but initialisms.  They seem to be designed to include “those who know” and exclude “those who can only guess”.

Some years ago, at a business seminar, the assembled middle management was requested to write on “post-it” notes what was wrong with the company.  These were stuck on the wall and chosen at random for discussion*.

One of mine was selected.  “Too many TLAs”  The obvious first question – “What’s a TLA?”.  “A Three Letter Abbreviation.”  Point proven.

It does appear that frequently projects and departments are named specifically to provide an acronym from their name.

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* A second note that I submitted: “Nobody told me that we had a communication problem” was also discussed.

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General Whiskers

Wargaming butterfly (mainly solo), unpainted model figure amasser, and Historical Re-enactor of the black powder era.

One thought on “ACORN”

  1. Dear Paul,

    Don’t get me started on Military or medical acronyms 🙂
    FIBNEWS – Fighting In Bits Nobody Else Wants
    NEWD – Night Exercise Without Darkness
    NFTF -Normal For The Fens
    PICNIT – Problem In Chair, Not In Foot

    It goes without saying that none of these are real!

    Regards, Chris

    P.s. Received the Hat pictures!

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