scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Abreviations
Ken Walker (ken.walker@MSCSOFTWARE.COM
Mon Feb 28 2000 - 23:36:24 CST
Robert Blau wrote (way back on 2/22):
>I have a favor to ask.
>I am a Cubmaster with absolutely no exposure to Boy Scouts except what I
>have picked up from this list.
>I find the Boy Scout discussions very helpful as I prepare for a Webelos
>transition. However, I have a lot of trouble with some of the abbreviations
>that are commonly used on the list.
List members did a great job providing resources for all of our TLAs
(three letter acronyms-which is also a three letter acronym!)
Robert raises a more subtle point. We all use the TLAs in email as a
kind of quick shorthand. And, the acronyms are generally accepted as
a part of the e-world (just like :^) <vbg> IMHO, TIA, etc, etc).
However, we really need to police ourselves when we are having
face-to-face conversations with new Scouts/parents. We should
never use an acronym. However, when we do let one slip, we should
provide the definition/background at the same time. Yeah, its a bad
habit, and like all habits it takes time and effort to overcome.
These acronyms don't improve communication for the newest members
of our community, it creates barriers and confusion...some would say
it reinforces the "clubby concept" of a troop's adult leadership.
Maybe that's why some new families feel "left out" when they first
join a troop...they don't speak the local language.
Just my opinion, I could be wrong....