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Opening Arguments


This may not be WTF or even OMG, but it's certainly LOL:

By now, if lawyers haven't already taken notice, they should: Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit isn't a big fan of abbreviations, including acronyms. Today, the judge twice questioned the space-saving practice of shortening.

This summer, for quick background, Silberman dropped a footnote in a ruling to spotlight his concern about the excessive use of abbreviations and acronyms.

"Here," the judge wrote in June, "both parties abandoned any attempt to write in plain English, instead abbreviating every conceivable agency and statute involved, familiar or not." Recognize these? The examples Silberman highlighted: SNF (spent nuclear fuel); HLW (high-level radioactive waste); and NWF (Nuclear Waste Fund).

Silberman's frustration with truncation (FWT, for short?) hasn't waned. At a hearing today, in an unrelated dispute about nuclear energy, the judge directed his criticism to a senior trial lawyer at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. (The case was Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League v. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.)

I was tempted to make this an AFZ, BOTOH -- CMW -- why bother? DILLIGAS?


Harl Delos
Tue, 11/20/2012 - 11:16am

Your FWT I first read as FWA, and when I realized the difference, I thought about O'Hare.  ORD is short for Orchard Field - but only a fool would try to land an aeroplane in an orchard of trees.

Or maybe airports are easy to move.  After all, Smith Field used to be on the southwest side of town.  Is there even a plaque at FWA in memory of Paul Baer?