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Acronyms and abbreviations used on this forum
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Acronyms and abbreviations used on this forum

Acronyms and abbreviations used on this forum

(OP)
We are going to spend a lot of time referencing or discussing sources on this forum, if I am any judge of grammar/language related fora (which I have some experience with). If we put a list together then I'll rewrite as an FAQ

So, to kick it off, here's a list I just made up!

Big Dics

OED=Oxford English Dictionary
COED=Concise OED
C20C=Chambers 20th Century Dictionary


Books

Fowlers=Fowler's Modern English Usage


Web resources

snopes=www.snopes.com
Good for debunking explanations of "the whole nine yards", etc.

Usenet groups

aue=alt.usage.english (highly recommended)
afu=alt.folklore.urban (more entertaining version of aue, strong links to snopes)

Cheers

Greg Locock

RE: Acronyms and abbreviations used on this forum

Where would you put the FAQ?

RE: Acronyms and abbreviations used on this forum

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(OP)
Ah, that's interesting. I'd contact Dave I guess!

Cheers

Greg Locock

RE: Acronyms and abbreviations used on this forum

And what is FAQ?

RE: Acronyms and abbreviations used on this forum

flame,
FAQ is an acronym for Frequently Asked Questions

So in this instance it as an acronym to take you to a list of acronyms.  Usually there is a FAQ tab of at the top of a forum.  I think the home page for this fora* has a more complete explanation for FAQ.

*Am I using fora correctly here?  Is fora plural for forum as in forums?  I could not find fora in my Holt dictionary.

Jesus is THE life,
Leonard

RE: Acronyms and abbreviations used on this forum

metman,

Either "forums" or "fora" is acceptable as the plural of "forum". (Although I would have to say that "forums" would seem to be more common.)

However, you can't talk about "the home page for THIS fora" - you should say "the home page for THESE fora"!

(Sorry - I had to get that one in!)

RE: Acronyms and abbreviations used on this forum

Julian,
Good one, I deserved it and maybe that is why it felt so wrong as I wrote it.

Jesus is THE life,
Leonard

RE: Acronyms and abbreviations used on this forum

Big Dics?

OK, maybe you were trying to be a wise guy, or maybe my mind just goes straight to the gutter. But if it becomes a FAQ, I would recommend that that phrase be spelled out.

(that that?)

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RE: Acronyms and abbreviations used on this forum

(OP)
Sorry, that's the standard joke on one of the other word related groups I frequent infrequently. Anyway, looks like this is going nowhere.

Cheers

Greg Locock

RE: Acronyms and abbreviations used on this forum



I saw it coming. I was very well aware what FAQ means since I first started browsing internet some half a dozen years ago. I am not sure if this acronym existed before the internet era . I just asked, with my tounge in cheek, to point out that we use acronyms all the time and sometimes without elaborating it, without any discomfort to the one who says it and the one who is at the recieving end. Add to it the most obvious ones like USA, UK and more.

Looks like Greg's plans are either doomed prematurely or require major efforts.

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