Making Up Abbreviations

During one of my many internet searches (I honestly don't know how I used to do my job before all this sweet internet content) I ran across a page talking about personalization. It abbreviated "personalization" as "p10n". I have seen "i18n" for "internationalization" and "l10n" for "localization", but I hadn't encountered this "p10n" before. Of course, the number in the last two examples actually means something. It's the number of letters you're omitting. That means "personalization" should be "p13n". Failing to realize that doesn't give you license to pick a number at random or to borrow the number from another, better known abbreviation. I feel low to moderate sadness that people don't know that. It's what separates us from the animals.

Of course, you could say I'm being anal about this, but you'd be wrong. I'm being anal-retentive.

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One Response to “Making Up Abbreviations”

  1. Steve Says:

    It's our dirty secret rob

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