Every Acronym I've Learned This Fortnight

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Previously on "The Terence Eden Adventures!"

This week - WTF? OMG? BBQ???

I've been working for DHSC (Department of Health and Social Care) for two weeks. I've made a list of every single new acronym that I've heard. Here it is:

Around 3 new acronyms per day. My brain is full.

Why do we do this to ourselves?

There is some marginal gain to reducing polysyllabic phrases - both in speech and in text. But it does feel like it is mostly to provide a Shibboleth. Correct use of acronyms marks you out as part on the "in" group. You're a full member of society. Those who don't understand the code are outsiders.

I've had great fun calling it out. Stopping conference calls to say "Sorry, I'm new here. What does XYZ stand for?" is a perfectly sensible thing to do.

And, only twice has it resulted in people arguing over what the acronym means.


One thought on “Every Acronym I've Learned This Fortnight

  1. Andrew McGlashan says:


    "Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society"

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