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Facebook - the online social networking site - today announced that...
- the emerging economies of Brazil Russia India, China and South Africa - it was agreed that....
I reckon not everyone would know what BRICS stands for. When I started a uni I was absolutely baffled at it when it kept appearing in the Economist, but I didn't want to sound thick so kept my mouth shut
i've never heard of the abbreviation before. normally it's common practise to mention the abbreviation the first time you use it and then afterwards just the abbreviation.
EVER before. So I'd need it explaining.
...then they invited South Africa to join and it became BRICS. Then everyone decided Russia were no good to do business with so it's now down to BICS. True story that.
- young people not in employment education or training - which is aiming to...
...and even worse, when they then reprint their comments as were.
the 'i' newspaper had dedicated colums for what Graeme Swann's having for his dinner, ffs.
(point still stands).
Also, the examples bar facebook you've mentioned aren't exactly acronyms everyone would know, makes sense to explain them
first instance, define it, in all others use the abbreviation.
Like, you saying things are OTT (Over the Top) when they are not OTT is funny.
Or you'll get a red light and have to pay for facebook
i haven't clicked that link to claim my amazon voucher yet
I think it's pretty reasonable to explain Facebook in some way. I was always taught to ask, would my grandmother understand this story? and she wouldn't know what Facebook is. I'd have thought you'd be in favour of making news as accessible to as many people as possible?
It seems that I'm being a bit picky about this one.
I guess my issue is not so much with the explanation*, and more to do with the forced shoehorning of acronyms into news. And if they continually have to explain what a lot of these are, then perhaps just don't mention 'em in the first place.
*Actually, in the case of facebook, it is. Everyone knows what it is.
I'll do you a deal: BBC, Sky and ITV can spell things out all day long for all I care. But as a pay off, can Channel 4 news just get the fuck on with it.
Or maybe I should just stop watching telly news.
this thread was mostly inspired by having to listen to radio 2, all day at work, with it's shitty semi-news.
Wide Zitty Anus doesn't cut it