Subject: When in doubt, write it out.
From: (Joseph Beckenbach {Adapter Software Release Engr})
Date: 16 Oct 92 23:30:04 GMT

[A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals, originally cited to Deborah Andrews and Margaret Blickle. -- Joseph]

If you have any doubt whether your reader will understand an abbreviation, write the term out in full. Otherwise, he will be left in the position of the farmer who shot a crow, then noticed the tag on its leg: “Wash. Biol. Surv.” The next day he was talking with his neighbor about the last night's dinner: “I followed the directions, washed it, boiled it, and put it on the table. Damn crow still tasted awful.”

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