Acronyms Revisited

We use acronyms so often that sometimes we forget what they stand for, and the result can be a sentence that doesn’t make any sense.

Bad Example 1A:
New PdMs must be prioritized by the Asset Integrity Manager.

PdM was spelled out in the glossary as “predictive maintenance,” so let’s substitute that for PdMs in the original sentence.

Bad Example 1B:
New predictive maintenances must be prioritized by the Asset Integrity Manager.

There is no plural listed in the dictionary under “maintenance,” so we have to find another way to express this thought in words. We need a noun to follow “Predictive Maintenance.”

Corrected Example 1A:
New PdM work orders must be prioritized by the Asset Integrity Manager.

Corrected Example 1B:
New predictive maintenance work orders must be prioritized by the Asset Integrity Manager.

Now that we see the problem and the solution, let’s try another one.

Bad Example 2A:
Spare parts must only be procured from the equipment OEM.

OEM was spelled out in the glossary as “original equipment manufacturer,” so let’s substitute that for OEM in the original sentence.

Bad Example 2B:
Spare parts must only be procured from the equipment original equipment manufacturer.

Clearly, that’s repetitively redundant. Let’s just use “equipment” one time.

Corrected Example 2A:
Spare parts must only be procured from the OEM.

Corrected Example 2B:
Spare parts must only be procured from the original equipment manufacturer.

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Profound Quote of the Day:

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.
We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
– Aristotle, Greek philosopher, 384-322 BC
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