Acronyms and abbreviations have always been a hobby horse of mine. Too many publications use them almost randomly without bothering to define. I suspect I’ve been guilty of that on occasion, but I try not to slip up. I was reading a PhD thesis the other day that had so many acronyms and abbreviations without definition that I felt like failing the candidate there and then. Of course, I didn’t, it wasn’t my call.
If you’re looking for chemical and technical definitions then there are a couple of excellent acronym and abbreviation lookup services you can access via ChemSpy.com Just visit the site’s search page enter your keywords, or rather your clutch of letters, and click either the Berlin or Chemie.de link and the search will begin.
REI – Recreational Equipment Inc
HSN – Home Shopping Network
HP – Hewlett Packard
ShopNBC – Shop
Nuclear, Biological, Chemical National Broadcasting Corporation
If you are not in the shopping mood then check out the related links below where you will find a previous article from David Bradley on the subject of why learned societies seem to be so keen on upper and lower case abbreviations and acronyms.