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Letter: Yes, Acronyms Are Annoying

To the Editor:

I want Paul Keane to enroll me in his new AA (Acronymics Anonymous) organization (“Knock It Off, ASAP,” April 20). It is so annoying to have to look back and try to figure out what these acronyms stand for. I assume that whoever uses them is fortunate enough to have seen a reference to the organization’s full name before using the acronym, which everybody else is supposed to magically know.

I think that publications that use acronyms should come to our aid and highlight the names before they ever use an acronym. If they’re not willing to do that, they should refuse to use anything but the full name.

Charlotte Belser

Hanover

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To the Editor: I am starting an organization called AA: Acronymics Anonymous. It is for recovering acronym addicts. An acronym is an abbreviation using components or letters of a word formation, such as CEO for chief executive officer, or AA for Acronymics Anonymous. Of course, the very acronym AA is an example of the illness it purports to help people …