SFGA - Six Flags Great Adventure vs Six Flags Great America
PCW - Paramount Canada's Wonderland vs Paramount Carowinds
CP - Cedar Point vs Camden Park
DW - Dollywood vs Dutch Wonderland
CLP - Conneaut Lake Park vs Canobie Lake Park
LP - Lakemont Park vs Lakeside Park
My suggestions are:
SFGA means Six Flags Great Adventure (Better yet - lets use SFGAdv) and SFGAm means Six Flags Great America.
PCW means Paramount Canada's Wonderland and PCar means Paramount Carowinds.
CP means Cedar Point and CmP means Camden Park (better for now to just use the full name for Camden Park).
DW means Dollywood and DWL means Dutch Wonderland
CLP means Conneaut Lake Park and CL means Canobie Lake (Park) (better for now to spell out Canobie Lake unless you are focusing upon New England)
LmP means Lakemont Park and LsP means Lakeside Park (better for now to spell these both out for now since we dont mention these parks that often.) Also LG means Lagoon (Park) and LW means Lake Winnie. *** Edited 6/24/2006 12:34:28 PM UTC by Arthur Bahl*** *** Edited 6/24/2006 12:37:40 PM UTC by Arthur Bahl***
Personally, I am getting kind of tired how everything in out society is starting to become abbreviated.
For example on page 22 under system status indicators, it makes references to the following: SSL (in my world that stands for Solid State Logic, maker of finest high-end British mixing consoles), data call, tethered, or Embedded WAP/BREW Application. Those acronyms are never explained in the manual anywhere probably because the people who designed the phone also wrote the manual, which is a bad move.
Try getting into audio and synthesizers. The acronyms will make your brain hurt until you can figure out what they all stand for. Here's a short list: VST, VSTi, MIDI, LFO, HPF, AES/EBU, LPF, BP, SMPTE, Hz. Trust me, it gets a lot worse than that.
Yes, "CP" could mean Cedar Point or Camden Park but it is the most-widely accepted acronym for Cedar Point and I would wager than 99% of enthusiasts would automatically think of Cedar Point when confronted with the abbreviation CP. Likewise in all my years online I've never seen CLP used for anything other than Conneaut Lake Park.
The error of using SFGA or PCW is usually only made by a newbie. I almost always see SFGAdv, SFGAm, PCar, and PCW.
Really though...how often are the abbreviations truly confusing? Rarely is "CLP" used without some other reference to either rides at the park [i.e. "Question about CLP's Blue Streak's trains"] or where the park is located [i.e. "Can Kennywood and CLP be done in a single day?"]. How often does one come across "DW" without any reference to Thunderhead, Tenn Tornado, or some other ride? And really how often are these abbreviations used outside of the enthusiast community?
The solution is not to always write out the park names in full. The easiet solution is simply to use abbreviations in context.
James K said:
Or we could just spell out the names of the park.
I don't think anyone says "I went to see-pee last week". So why should you type "CP" instead of "Cedar Point" ?
I will give an example of going overboard, though.
Let's just say I used to work at a park that had a coaster called Cyclone and a water ride called Penguin's Blizzard River. And let's just say that Cyclone, being two syllables, we just called it Cyclone. And we called Penguin's Blizzard River "Blizzard." Fair enough, wouldn't you think? Anyway, say I worked with this fellow team lead, and about halfway through the season he decided to start calling Cyclone "Clone." And he started calling Blizzard "Blizz."
I found it just a bit astonishing. But it was fine, everybody else did, too, and we all had some good laughs about it when he wasn't around. Seriously though, there's a place to draw the line but after working with that guy, I don't think we've reached it.
Anyway...its kinda ingrained in the culture now. Its not gonna change.
I'm assuming this post was born from the constant requests for you to be more specific when you were using SFGA.
SFGAdv and SFGAm are already the accepted.
And yes, enthusiasts talk this way at each other. I belive it was the last podcast where I mentioned this very phenomenon. When I take non-enthusiasts to an event, the single thing they seem most taken by is the way we talk to each other using these abbreviations.
*** Edited 6/24/2006 6:02:42 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***
Its not as if everybody knows every short hand term everytime without a little thought, so I agree Moosh, rcdb would be a good place for help as well.
Or if someone is being unclear you could just politely ask them what the heck they're talking about!
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