June 6th, 2008

lolcat: science

Too Many Acronyms

I said the following sentence to my boss this morning. "Hey, did you see that S46 has been SPLAFed? I'm starting the PDT design now."

Comprehension requires contextual knowledge so specific that even the colleague sitting next to me didn't understand it. Generally, it means I'm running a suite of engineering tools to ensure that when our instrument team has control over the spacecraft propulsion & orientation systems, we don't violate any flight rules. It's also not an unusual thing for me to say, as I perform that particular task about once every three weeks. It takes two to three days of work to finalize the design.

Lots of you have sci/tech/med jobs. What would be a similar common example?