Monday, February 27, 2006

F is for For...

Cheryl Kenner (non-Boalt) wants to be on the record as the person who uses "jas" during IM conversations to mean "just a second." Currently, this acronym is not on the official AIM dictionary.

Now that the record is established, I propse that we create EVEN MORE acronyms use around here. Sure everyone knows what BHWA, BTLJ, BJIL, CLR, etc. stand for, but we don't really have any acronyms for the things we do in law school. ATAFL? Sure, BTLJ is serving lobster caviar at 12:45, but if you leave during the talk to take a leak, they will chop off your balls. WBR? At the Down Low, the hippest club in Cali. WDABS? Because it's a creation of Berkeley IT and/or you're in room 100 with 3 other people trying to connect.

Note: If you caught the two "for"s in the title of this post the first time you read it, you are far more perceptive than the general population.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone get their 2L ranking from the Student Services office yet? Are they going to send it by email if you asked for it?

2/27/2006 6:02 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Perfect question for the discussion board.

2/27/2006 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah. Discussion board isn't anononymous enough.

2/27/2006 6:15 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Well that's relative I could just as easily elminate anonymous comments here (a temptation I've had more than once).

2/27/2006 6:27 PM  
Blogger Disco Stu said...

In response to Armen's post, DS would like to implore the Boalt community and any others out there to please stop calling abbreviations acronyms. An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of a name. FEMA and NASA are examples of acronyms. JAS is an acronym only if it is pronounced jass and not J-A-S.

BHWA, BTLJ, and CLR are more aptly described as initialisms. Meaning they are an abbreviation consisting of the first letter or letters of words in a phrase and pronounced by spelling out the letters one by one rather than as a solid word. You could also call them abbreviations, but Mass. is an abbreviation for Massachusettes, so to be more precise initialism works better.

As for the IM initialisms, DS still refuses to use lol - he thinks it's too "born in the 80's" for him.

2/27/2006 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. Interesting exchange.

Armen, has the Boalt admin ever pressured you "to name names" of folks posting comments? You can't really do much to name the anon comments, I suppose, b/c Blogspot ensures their anonymity. You know, however, the identities of the regular bloggers. If you eliminate the anon option, then, you can't say "I don't know who posted it" as easily to the administration, if they come breathing down your neck. Which would be a quite "un-Boalt" thing to do.

Anyway, anonymous posting is a good idea - promotes the free exchange of ideas and useful information.

2/27/2006 6:45 PM  
Blogger Jungle Cat said...

I have to admit that anonymity is rather important, I mean how could I be the devils advocate,without it.

2/27/2006 11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that even the stupidest Boalt administrators would ever try to make Armen or anyone else identify anonymous posters on a blog.

2/27/2006 11:07 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Ditto on what 11:07 said. What I meant was if anonymity is why people post here, I can easily make it far less anonymous than the Discussion Board and thereby forcing people to use that forum.

As long as I'm on the subject, the whole anonymity thing is a cop-out. I don't know how many people I've heard bitch and moan that the school doesn't have a DB, yet what do they expect? A db that's wide open to the general public? If you think you're going to get anything other than a db that requires login with calnet id and the mother of all passwords, you're sorely mistaken. And of course, all posts will be attributed to your full name.

The moral of the story is, don't prod me to do something that you're going to be picky about. I'll give the DB a chance until the end of this semester, after that, if you want a mass boalt online community, you can ask the school.

2/27/2006 11:41 PM  

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