Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Shorthand

Yesterday it was pointed out to me that most people (except James) don't know what things like "wx" mean. I use several abbreviations and acronyms as part of my radio "lingo" and sometimes they find their way into my regular conversation. So I thought I'd write up a list of the most common shorthand words in my business and see if they make sense to anyone. I'll put them in context.

Record severe wx update.

TX XGR approves funding.

Gather 15 min SOT.

TRT is 1:15.

MOS interviews needed.

Please use NATS in report.

SCOTUS decision is in.

7 comments:

Eye Doctor Justin said...

Don't even try and get in an acronymn battle with an Optometrist. I would get ugly.

By the way, I don't know what any of your's mean.

Eye Doctor Justin said...

Acronymn? Acronymn, abbreviation... same thing

Laurie said...

According to Webster's, an acronym is "a word formed from the intial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term."
An abbreviation is "a shortened form of a word or phrase used for brevity, especially in writing."

Not the same thing. :}

Anonymous said...

Do it.

-WTH

Carissa said...

I know "wx" and "SCOTUS", but you've lost me on the rest . . . and it's not like I don't live in a world of acronyms! :)

Laurie said...

Anonymous,
I use WTH in my journalism jargon all the time. I can't believe I forgot that one! I'll up my contribution to WTH Ministries as compensation for my oversight.

Anonymous said...

....when in Rome.