Steve the Pocket wrote:Speaking as one of the people who immediately knew what ICP was, this is an excellent example of why I hate this habit the Internet has gotten into of shortening every single goddamn proper name to its initials, regardless of who they're in the presence of. Google is useful for a lot of things, but guessing which thing a set of three seemingly random letters stands for with no further context is not one of them. And if I have to resort to Google just to decode your writing in the first place, you are probably not doing a bang-up job of communicating.
So you don't like TLAs [three-letter-acronyms]
, huh? Then you really won't like FLTs [four-letter TLA]
Next you'll tell us you don't know what PEBCAK, BOFH, SCUBA, IANAL, and LASER mean either
I do know all of those except Brotherhood Of Foppish Hairdos. The thing about common Internet initialisms like LOL, SMH, OP, and IMHO is that they are common
. Everyone encounters them all the time, so they can't help but learn them soon enough, like any other word. But there are millions of books, movies, TV shows, TV episodes, bands, albums, songs, video games, popular YouTube series, podcasts, and whatever else, and nobody is going to have all their names memorized. At most you might encounter a handful referred to by their initials frequently enough to remember what they stand for. That's why I knew who ICP was, and can tell at a glance what TLK is, and... I dunno, maybe there are others and maybe there aren't.
And even then, there's a limit. Like, I happen to be active on a forum for a popular TV series. Eventually, people took to abbreviating the names of the episodes. At that point there were only 60-some episodes out, and I had memorized most of them, at least to the point where if you asked me "What's the one where so-and-so?" I'd be able to answer. But I was still straining to remember which one people were referring to when they said "PYHD" or "SAYS" or "GIYC". Eventually I had to start consulting a list.
doogly wrote: orthogon wrote:
Anyway, sliced bread
was introduced in 1928. Joseph Fourier did his stuff over a century earlier. So if anything, sliced bread was the best thing since Fourier Transforms.
Joe Fourier also didn't invent Fourier Transforms, he just invented doing them slowly. The Fast Fourier Transform was invented first, by Gauss. Obviously.
Imagine if he had gone on to become its namesake. Decoding a JPEG image could be called degaussing.