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July 01, 2011, 02:25:35 AM
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Go download Firefox (FF) instead of your current browser.

Every time I see something like this, I want to stab the author. The abbreviation is not important for the reader's understanding, and it's never used again in the post for ease of reference. It's totally pointless. Why would anyone write something like this!?

This is certainly one of my top three most annoying stylistic errors.

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July 01, 2011, 02:30:07 AM
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If they know that everyone who reads it will know that FF means Firefox, what's the difference?

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July 01, 2011, 02:34:51 AM
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Also, it's called an acronym, not an abbreviation.

An acronym is a type of abbreviation. It would also be annoying if they said:
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If they know that everyone who reads it will know that FF means Firefox, what's the difference?

If they know that, then they can just say FF. Either spell it out or just use the abbreviation. There's no point in doing both unless you're going to reuse the abbreviation later in the post.

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July 01, 2011, 05:47:13 AM
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What really annoys me is when people use "2" as to in a sentence with addition numbers in them. Something like: "Do u want 2 get 2 graphic cards?" Very annoying to read, since you can't really speed read it and comprehend if that first "2" is supposed to be the cardinality of something or not.
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July 01, 2011, 10:42:11 AM
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This is certainly one of my top three most annoying stylistic errors.

And the other two? I nominate the unnecessary use of (TM) when it is not legally required, and the way that people who use Microsoft Word just put up with the way that MS Word superscripts dates without being asked (e.g. 25th rather than 25th).
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July 01, 2011, 10:54:15 AM
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So you started a post to say this...
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July 01, 2011, 11:05:01 AM
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This is certainly one of my top three most annoying stylistic errors.

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July 01, 2011, 01:37:22 PM
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This is quite beyond the length with which I am accustomed, so I have chosen not to proceed with examining the contents of your post. (tl;dr)

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July 01, 2011, 07:40:58 PM
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And the other two?

Well, #1 would be saying nonsensical things like "could of" or "all of the sudden".

It's also extremely annoying when people correct me when I use "he" as a gender-neutral pronoun. This is a perfectly valid usage of the word, and it looks much better than "he/she" or "they".

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July 01, 2011, 08:20:18 PM
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And btw, the correct abbreviation for Firefox is Fx not FF

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July 01, 2011, 09:28:45 PM
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It's also extremely annoying when people correct me when I use "he" as a gender-neutral pronoun.

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July 01, 2011, 09:32:55 PM
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TTFN makes me want to stab someones eyeball.
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July 02, 2011, 02:45:50 AM
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I try to use "they" as as often as possible, but somtimes i feel kinda unconfortable when i'm talking about someone in specific, specially if it's someone that will be reading what i said; and somtimes i feel kinda insecure about people thinking i'm writing wrong or will simply not understand what i'm saying...

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July 02, 2011, 02:49:23 AM
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I like to play Minecraft (MC). It's lots of fun!

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Go download Firefox (FF) instead of your current browser.

Every time I see something like this, I want to stab the author. The abbreviation is not important for the reader's understanding, and it's never used again in the post for ease of reference. It's totally pointless. Why would anyone write something like this!?

This is certainly one of my top three most annoying stylistic errors.

I totally agree with that. Abbreviations are useful in some games where you don't have much time for writing and everyone there, in that context, knows what they stands for.

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July 05, 2011, 05:34:56 AM
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I like to play Minecraft (MC). It's lots of fun!

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Go download Firefox (FF) instead of your current browser.

Every time I see something like this, I want to stab the author. The abbreviation is not important for the reader's understanding, and it's never used again in the post for ease of reference. It's totally pointless. Why would anyone write something like this!?

This is certainly one of my top three most annoying stylistic errors.

It's redundant as well. Imaging saying to someone, "Hey! Check out the wet water!"
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July 05, 2011, 05:38:16 AM
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July 05, 2011, 05:45:07 AM
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Exactly!
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