I work for a pretty big company. I know the company is big not because of the number of employees or locations we have, but by the number of acronyms we use. Last week I set it upon myself to compile a list of as many of these acronyms as I could think of, and after a few days of working half-assed on it, I came up with 34.
Here's the list, alphabetically:
That's even with leaving a few of the obvious ones out. Thirty-four. The crazy thing is that I use pretty much all of these in the day-to-day goings on in my job, and I don't know how I can keep them all straight. Seeing them all in a list like that is kind of dizzying. I have the habit of referring to departments or forms by their abbreviated name right off the bat that when I encounter someone who doesn't recognize it, saying the long version of it seems almost archaic. Fortunately, though, I don't have to worry about TPS reports.
Large companies love their acronyms. I've worked for a number of nation-wide businesses in the past, and they all had their own crop of them. The list for my current job sticks to the three-letter acronyms, but if I were to include two-letter or four-plus-letter acronyms, the list would probably triple in size. You'd think there would be some corporate dictionary to help the less familiar decipher them all, but that'd be way too easy.
They serve a purpose, but it seems like there is a new one to remember every other week. To help pass the time, my cubicle neighbor (a good friend who somehow survives on a diet of candy and pretzels from the food court) and I will try to come up with alternate meanings to some of the acronyms.
I'd share some of them with you, but they're NSFW.
Have a good weekend, everyone.