Monday, January 14, 2013
Acronyms, when overused, can be tedious and confusing. University of Missouri professor Douglas E. Abrams recently reminded readers of that hazard in Missouri's bar magazine, Precedent. Abrams urged lawyers to balance two considerations about acronyms: Is the acronym so well known that it makes a document easier to follow? Or is it so obscure that it will impede the document's flow? Illustrating his point with examples, Abrams explained that "Freewheeling use of acronyms can create unnecessary, avoidable roadblocks" for readers.