People use a lot of abbreviations in their written or spoken language. They automatically assume the other person (reading or listening) knows what he/she is talking about. It is not their fault because most of the time the other person would know what he is reading/listening.
My latest post was titled “PMOIndia”. All my Indian readers knew what PMO meant. I never mentioned what PMO stands for. My Non-Indian readers called me and asked what the hell I was talking about. One friend thought that I was going to write about our Project Management Office in
. Therefore, it is better to explain an
abbreviation once at the beginning, especially when writing. India
I want to tell an interesting experience I had few years ago.
My wife’s brother lives in Chennai. We were on a vacation to Chennai. We wanted to go to Tirupathi. Since there is always a long line to have a darshan, my brother in law told me he knows the AC and he can arrange for a speedy darshan. My wife and I were so happy.
It was a hottest summer in Chennai. (What can we do? Summer time is the only time kids can take a vacation.) So we go by car from Chennai to Tirupathi. We went up the hill to Tirumalai where Lord Venkatachalapathy lives. My brother in law stopped the car in front of an office building.
He asked me to come with him to meet with the AC. I assumed AC means Assistant Commissioner. I was wearing a short. I thought it is not good manners to go in front of the Assistant Commissioner in a short and t-shirt. Therefore, I opened the carry on and took out my pant and wore that. I was decent looking in a dress pant and t-shirt.
We go inside and my brother in law talked to a guy who was working in a big hall with another 50 or so people. All he had was a chair and a desk. He introduced me to him and I shook hands. I was thoroughly disappointed.
When we came out, I asked my brother in law who the hell he was. I thought we were going to meet the Assistant Commissioner. My brother in law was apologetic and told me that he should have mentioned to me earlier that AC means Accounts Clerk.
Do you have any such experience?
More interesting stuff on our way back to Chennai. Stay tuned.