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- Jan 20, 2020 at 8:09 pm #3628078
BPL forum posts often feature jargon and abbreviations without explanation. This can be a barrier to new BPL readers, long-time readers investigating a new topic, or international readers unfamiliar with some US, British, and Australian figures of speech. Evidence is the occasional post asking “What is …?”
How about a dedicated page with common BPL jargon and abbreviations, scraped from recent forum posts and stories? Link to “BPL jargon and abbreviations” on all forum pages and stories, ideally opening a new window for desktop users.
A few examples off the top of my head:
Type 2 fun
I’m sure the list could be quite long.
BPL members could nominate jargon and abbreviations by posting to this thread.
Ideally, each definition would have an #anchor to allow direct links from posts and stories for authors who need or want to be kind to new readers.
Want to get really fancy? Use the existing feature that turns some production mentions into referral links, to turn common abbreviations and jargon into links to the definition in a new window. Probably asking way to much.
— RexJan 20, 2020 at 8:32 pm #3628079David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
While most of the TLAs can be googled, you may be surprised what the more common meaning of GGG is.Jan 20, 2020 at 9:43 pm #3628087Jeffs ElevenBPL Member
Hes a boxerJan 20, 2020 at 9:59 pm #3628088Sam FarringtonBPL Member
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
Good idea, Rex.
Unfortunately, in working with folks who text a lot, they are not receptive.
Nor did BPL’s Wiki project pan out.
Strunk and White fans will spell out the word(s), and put the acronym in parens. the first time it is used in a document. That may be the most we can hope for.Jan 20, 2020 at 11:06 pm #3628093William ChiltonBPL Member
Most confusing is possibly GG (Gossamer Gear? Granite Gear?).Jan 20, 2020 at 11:17 pm #3628094
Clarification: I’m not asking authors to change, I’m asking for BPL to help readers easily discover definitions for uncommon acronyms, abbreviations, and jargon through a web page and links, or possibly something more sophisticated. At my last job, I maintained a jargon file with more than 130 entries that grew by several entries per month but was known to be woefully incomplete. Yet many people found it quite useful.
As David and William pointed out, using search engines for BPL-specific terms can lead to surprises, ambiguity, or confusion. Even more reason for a community-tailored reference. AI will help someday, but until then real humans using context with some assistance can go a long way.
Another feature for the jargon file: links to the company, product, Wikipedia, or other good sources, so someone can dig further than e.g. “SMD = Six Moon Designs”
PS – Acronyms and abbreviations are two different things, I couldn’t recall the right word earlier.Jan 20, 2020 at 11:51 pm #3628096Franco DarioliBPL Member
Rex , you were correct to define GG, HH, HYOH and so on as abbreviations, however they are initialisms not acronyms.
They become acronyms if you can pronounce them as a word , for example SCUBA or FIAT .
Both acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations.Jan 21, 2020 at 12:29 am #3628097
Franco – thanks. I should have paid more attention to the jargon describing English language while I was in school almost 50 years ago. Lucky I can still write good :-)
— RexJan 21, 2020 at 10:23 am #3628135Rene RavenelBPL Member
+1 for a glossary!
An option available to you is to attempt to jump start this effort yourself by creating a new, appropriately named thread, with a starter content set, demonstrating a suitable format for entries, and then encourage crowd sourcing to grow the list.
You can find an example of how (not to?) do this here :)
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