Trapdoor In The Sun

Alan Shanahan, Technician & Consultant

TLAs In Technology

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This post is something of a gripe.

Question: how many times have you Googled the TLA (three-letter-acronym) the instructor/speaker/salesperson/techie just dropped into the discussion? But also made sure nobody was aware of your “ignorance”?

I think I know the answer to that.

So this post is really a plea to anyone out there with a penchant for acronyms to please consider your audience.

If it’s in writing or on-screen, please provide footnotes or a glossary of terms. If you’re speaking, explain your TLAs when they are first used (but not in a condescending way). And, as a catch-all, encourage your audience to question your use of TLAs at the start of the session, because we all have different viewpoints.



Author: Alan Shanahan

Cloud computing professional, amateur drummer and other things. Doesn't take himself too seriously. He's got a fever ... and the only prescription is more cowbell.

One thought on “TLAs In Technology

  1. Excellent point, Alan. Is it worth pointing out that “TTFN” is an ETLA?

    glossary: ETLA – Extended Three-Letter Acronym

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