SARAH: Sarah, A Ranter And Hater

February 1, 2009 at 8:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

(originally written July 28, 1:01 am)

An article from the Berkeley Daily Planet last week reminded me of something I HATE in the world of initialisms: recursive acronyms. For some reason, this just bugs me to no end. Case in point:

HELiOS = Helios Energy Lights Our Schools

In this scenario, IS AN ACRONYM REALLY NECESSARY?!! Contrived acronyms are one thing—yeah, I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation solar panel financing program (which I totally support, btw) is acronymed as Berkeley F.I.R.S.T: Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technology—but to contrive something so unimaginatively that the only thing you can come up includes the acronym IN the acronym?? This is so meta it’s painful.


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