On Thursday, July 26, 2001 11:54 AM, Gary Burke answered,
> ]Personally I never understand these acronyms or whatever they are called.
> ]The only one I know is RTFM. I wish everyone would drop the use of them.
> ]Actually don't we have an article on etiquette which bans these anyway?
> ]All they are is poor English. We may aswell speak French.
. . .  actually, i believe the French language police (a.k.a. L'Academie
Francaise) would *prevent* the use of acronyms if they could ;^). that said, the
(over)use of acronyms seems to be a largely (American/military?)
*English*-language legacy (e.g. our V.P. is M.I.A. from the D.M.Z.). and, of
course, the connection between the military and computing needs no explanation . .
> I'm sure there is a list somewhere with a list of all of these. I could
> look it up, but I'm sure you know how to use Google yourself. Maybe is
> someone on the list knows one off hand they can post it here.
. . . < http://info.astrian.net/jargon/ > bills itself as "a comprehensive
compendium of hacker slang illuminating many aspects of hackish tradition,
folklore, and humor" (and generally lives up to the title IMHO) . . .
> These types of achronyms I certainly don't have a problem seeing or using.
> The ones I do hate, however, are or the type cul8r, ne1, etc. People who
> use these all the time should be shot, IMHO.
. . . i agree, this is not 2 cool. (okay, i'll stop now :^) ) . . .
 i know that Gary did not write this, but i wanted to respond; please pardon
the omission and incorrect attribution of the first quotation. i missed the first
post due to (*continuing*) "problems" with my ISP's email server (please send any
necessary, topical flames to the admin there).
"I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more
interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be
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