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Netiquette IQ Blog Of 3-25-2017 - Netiquette for Acronyms, Idioms and Colloquialisms For International Or Non-native Email

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Netiquette for Acronyms, Idioms and Colloquialisms For International Or Non-native Email


Acronyms can be doubly confusing to out-of-country contacts. When using any acronyms with an overseas recipient, it is critical to best identify what the acronym stands for, particularly if it involves a technical entity or domestic organization.

Idioms and colloquialisms

        Idioms can be as confusing to a foreigner as an acronym. Although it will be obvious to foreigners that they do not know an acronym’s meaning, the reader may take the meaning of an idiom literally; he or she very well may spend considerably more time trying to discern meaning of the idiom. Moreover, the reader may assume a wrong meaning to the idiom.
        Colloquialisms and slang also are confusing to foreigners, even those within the same country. This is because colloquialisms and slang often originate in a particular geographic area or within a specific demographic (e.g., the deep South in the United States, or a province such as Hong Kong in China). Regardless, if international emails contain idioms, colloquialisms, slang, or acronyms, it is usually poor Netiquette to use these and a habit one should not fall into. Even when these are understood, they very well may come across as clichés or unprofessional.
        Once again here is a brief definition (from Merriam Webster) of the terms discussed:

An abbreviation formed from a set of word’s initial letters
An expression, language, or dialect of a particular person, region, or class
A local or regional dialect expression

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