Elon Musk on acronyms

Elon Musk

"Excessive use of made up acronyms is a significant impediment to communication and keeping communication good as we grow is incredibly important. Individually, a few acronyms here and there may not seem so bad, but if a thousand people are making these up, over time the result will be a huge glossary that we have to issue to new employees. No one can actually remember all these acronyms and people don't want to seem dumb in a meeting, so they just sit there in ignorance. This is particularly tough on new employees."

"The key test for an acronym is to ask whether it helps or hurts communication."


Selected text from a May 2010 email to SpaceX employees