I agree one hundred per cent with the need for clarity – everywhere!
About two months ago, I found this site and began my search for answers to just one or two questions I had — about life as a Bad long-time Type 1 who is trying to become a Good self-managing Low Carber.
I did find a few good tips and helpful comments (and for these I’m grateful for this community!); and about three or four weeks ago, I finally decided to join the discussion and ask for suggestions and/or wisdom. But I haven’t yet. First, because I’ve felt so ??? intimidated / nervous / hopeless ??? — about communicating my questions precisely, so that they won’t be misunderstood. And second, because the more I’ve searched (and sometimes waded) through the discussions for answers to my particular concerns, the more confused I’ve become.
For example, “My woe is fantastic, these days!”
I know that the responsibility is mine, alone, for making myself – and therefore my writing – understood, correctly; but for the like-minded, I’d like to share a pretty good rule I learned while attending technical editing school: For abbreviations, acronyms, foreign words, and jargon in general, parenthesize the term’s definition on first use.
For example, “My woe (way of eating) is fantastic, these days! When I was young and foolish, my woe was horrible; but now that I’m older and wiser, my woe is right on track.”
(Of course, this example is far from the only type of miscommunication that can occur.)
Anyway, I didn’t want my very first post to drone on and on. (LOL — the way it seems to have done); but Terry4, your post hit so close to home, and I just wanted to say thank you for this! In my case, you’re right — I Was looking for a literal lifeline! And if/when I start asking my now multiple questions, I will try my best to be crystal clear.
PS: I think Jen’s suggestion re: finding some way to implement the HTML abbreviation tag is a great one!