Tag Archives: Acronyms

Plain Words, or pandemic medical gobbledygook

JMS Pearce Hull, England   Fig 1: Comic featuring Plain Words The great essayist and philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626) once said: “Words, when written, crystallize history; their very structure gives permanence to the unchangeable past.” I suggest that the problems posed by writers who fail to convey meaning are not new.1,2 As long ago as […]

Observations on acronyms

JMS Pearce Hull, England, United Kingdom   When Prime Minister David Cameron recently thought that LOL meant lots of love, not laugh out loud, he appeared out of touch. [The Guardian, May 11, 2012] He illustrated the difficulties that acronyms can cause. But acronyms are not new. The Romans used SPQR to abbreviate Senatus populusque […]