Monday, September 19, 2005

stirring the alphabet soup

You may be at a university, a newspaper, or like us, just caught in the nation's acronym capital of Washington, D.C. Want to sort through the abbreviations that abound? Try this website: Acronym Finder, a simple search engine that takes your acronym and serves results of the most popular meanings. Then do us all a favor and stop using acronyms. We prefer to coach writers to use the full name of the organization on first reference, then to use a part of the name -- "the Society," "the union," or "the Federation," for example -- in subsequent references. Once you see just how many groups have the same acronym, we hope you will do the same! To find out more about our workshops on writing with clarity, contact Denise Graveline at

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