“The laboratory for shuttering, reinforcement, concrete and ferroconcrete operations for composite-monolithic and monolithic constructions of the Department of the Technology of Building-assembly operations of the Scientific Research Institute of the Organization for building mechanization and technical aid of the Academy of Building and Architecture of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.”
If you’re wondering why the letters don’t match or add up, it’s a translation from The Concise Dictionary of Soviet Terminology (I’d hate to read the elaborate version). Those crazy Russians.
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Most acronyms serve as a paradox – complicating the very thing they’re supposed to simplify. They pollute the streams of creativity and fly in the face of progress and collaboration; creating language barriers and sabotaging communication.
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This information should be common sense. But people will purchase shit they already know if it’s packaged up in an acronym and sold back to them by someone that has at least three different sets of acronyms after their name.
So, will it ever stop? I doubt it. If there’s a dollar to be made, someone will try to make it. Even if your business is the manufacturing and distribution of acronyms. They really do ruin the world. At least, the world of communication.