Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Constantly typing out a really long name is a pain, that's why we have acronyms--FBI for Federal Bureau of Investigation; SSBTC for State Street Bank and Trust Company; LOL for "Laughing out loud," etc.

Reading long names is bothersome, too, but you should mention what the acronym stands for at least once, because you shouldn't expect your reader to know as much about what you're writing as you do...if they did, why would they read your piece in the first place?

Once you've written out the full name, include the acronym in parentheses--so it should read like this: "...the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was laughing out loud (LOL)...there were no survivors (twns)"

Now you can just refer to it as "the FBI" for the rest of your piece.

Yup, that's about it.


Sorry for the acrostic.