Initialisms and Acronyms

Unrelated photo: tonight’s sunset in the area behind my home

One thing I learned early in life was that when writing an initialism, you should first write out the fully expanded form of it, for the benefit of those who don’t know what the initials stand for, and then abbreviate it by the appropriate initials in parentheses (also known as “brackets”).

The same goes for the use of acronyms.

In most cases, the expanded forms are only necessary for first mention of what is being shortened, but there are some situations where it should be repeated later. (See the links I include at the end of this post for more on that.)

I cannot count how many times I’ve had to ask an internet writer what their initialism, abbreviation, or acronym stands for. Some of them are such popular groupings of letters that even looking them up on a search engine results in too many possibilities to pinpoint which one it is.

A recent one I saw was on a writer’s group. It was “ARCs”. Now, maybe that is something that makes sense to people who spend oodles of time on that forum, but for me who only pops in once every several months to ask a question or look something up, I’m lost. Hopefully, it’s not important, but it does make me wonder. Especially in a writer’s group, you’d think they would pay mind to some basic rules of English writing.

For more information on this topic, here ere are a couple of links I enjoyed:


More About Abbreviations

PS: I got an answer on what ARCs are: “advance reader copies”, in reference to book publication.

Fantasy Breeds Creativity

“Without playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.”


~some Swiss psychiatrist


(From my Google Plus account, October 18, 2011. I only went there because I got emails telling me Google Plus is shutting down and I needed to archive it if I ever wanted to see any of it again. I haven’t gone to it in years. It was never catchy for me, anyway.)


What does PDF stand for?

In case you never knew, or once knew but forgot, PDF stands for “portable document format”, and it has been around since 1993 when Adobe Systems created it.

Maybe you already knew that, but I forgot myself and had to look it up. It’s kind of like etymology. I enjoy knowing where words come from, and that goes for abbreviations, too.

Have a beautiful day, and if you can’t, I hope you find a small smack of beauty somewhere to make it tolerable.

A WordPress “Slug”

I opted to upgrade to the new setup WordPress has for us bloggers. I’m not sure if the page where we create our blog is called a “dashboard” now, or if it is something else, but whatever it is has got a new field called “Slug”.

I had to Google to find out what this slug meant. My, how words have exploded in meaning since Webster’s paperback dictionaries were some of my dearest companions.

So, the new meaning of a slug, at least here on WordPress, is a user-friendly URL for your post’s link, so it’s not a string of characters with the title of your blog entry possibly woven in.

Here is a link for a brief article on the WPBeginners page that describes it better:

WordPress “slug” meaning

That’s all. Happy Word Pressing!



Writing Without Cussing

If someone’s going to write a book, a play, or a movie – or even an internet post – they should produce it with proper dialogue and good words.

Creative words.

Don’t stick to the lameness of reality with its knee-jerk cussing.

Go out on a limb of higher verbiage.

There is time, when writing as opposed to speaking, to cultivate creative communication.

Writing With A Pen

For me, there is something therapeutic about picking up a ball-point pen and watching the letters form on a fresh page, especially those first words in a new notebook. The word “sacred” comes to mind.

Whether I write via ink or through the wonders of electronic transmission, getting the words out is the main thing. Still, something about pen and paper beckons to me. Perhaps it is the relative simplicity, where no electricity or electronics are involved, giving more of a sense of creating something from my mind and connecting to the result.


I read an article today on the subject of writing by hand. I find it to be inspiring. Here it is.

The Simple Joy of Writing by Hand


Herbatophile – new word for “tea freak”

There should be a word that means “someone who loves tea”. The phrase “tea freak” isn’t suitable to describe the gentle mingling of pleasantly scented herbs with the drinker of such concoctions.

The word for “tea”, though, in Greek isn’t much help – tsai. Even Latin doesn’t have a better translation for it. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and so many others also have words too similar to “tea” for it to sound nice with the Greek suffix of “phile” for “loving”.

Polish has “herbata” for tea, so… herbatophile? Can I mix Polish and Greek? Yes, I can! Bibliophile is French mixed with Greek for one who loves books, so… herbatophile it is. I think it is a harmonious blend for those who appreciate the warming pleasure of a good cup of tea.

I am a herbatophile. Are you?

(Edited to add a pronunciation description: herb-AT-o-file.)