June 22, 2006

Repeating Redundancies Editors hate when you repeat things again. Its annoying for the editors to go through what you write and take out what you already said twice. Funny though, the way acronyms are used in language are often inappropriate. Example: I got money out of the ATM machine. But ATM stands for automated teller machine. So what you just said was I got money out of the automated teller machine machine. A good copy editor has his eyes out for the following. Via: VerbMall ABM missile [Antiballistic Missile] ABS system [Antilock Braking System] AC current [Alternating Current] ACT test [American College Test] ADSL line [Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line] A.M. in the morning [Ante Meridiem: lit. before noon] ATM machine [Automated Teller Machine] BASIC code [Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code] CAD design [Computer-Aided Design] CNN network [Cable News Network] DC current [Direct Current] DMZ zone [ Demilitarized Zone] DOS operating system [Disk Operating System] ESOP plan [Employee Stock Option Plan] GIF format [Graphic Interchange Format] GMT time [Greenwich Mean Time] GOP party [Grand Old Party] GRE exam [Graduate Record Examination] HIV virus [Human Immunodeficiency Virus] HTML language [Hypertext Markup Language] ICU unit [Intensive Care Unit] ISBN number [International Standard Book Number] ISDN network [Integrated Services Digital Network] LAN network [Local Area Network] LCD display [ Liquid Crystal Display] LED diode [Light Emitting Diode] NATO organization [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] OPEC countries [Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries] PC computer [Personal Computer] PIN number [Personal Identification Number] Please RSVP [Répondez S'il Vous Plaît: lit....

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