Abbreviations are often used in two selfish ways.

One, for speed. This is, when someone understands the context so well, they dont want to waste time saying all the words needed to give something its full title.

Second is for fear. They’re worried that people will think they dont know enough about a subject, so they create the illusion of understanding the context by using an abbreviation they do not understand.

Abbreviations exclude those who do not understand the context. Be careful of using abbreviations.

You can be kind by answering two quetsions:

  1. are these people new, and might not understand the context?
  2. are these people from a different context, with their own abbreviations?

If your answer to either is anything but a definite “no”, do not abbreviate.