I was opening my work mail earlier today and was struck by this headline in the winter newsletter of the Desert Air Monitor, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District: "MDAQMD AHEAD OF GOVERNOR'S MANDATED GHG EMISSION REDUCTION SCHEDULE."

It wasn't the content of the headline that caught my attention, although it certainly sounds like good news that the agency received its 2006 California Climate Action Registry Greenhouse Gas Inventory Certification. It was the cumbersome acronym, MDAQMD.

Perhaps, I thought, it might be streamlined by switching around the words. If the agency changed its name to the Air Quality Management District of the Mojave Desert, it would become the AQMD of the Mojave Desert. Much easier to digest.

But MDAQMD isn't the only acrononym mentioned in the publication. There's CDAWG, APCO, MACT, GHG, CCAR, VVC, EVR, GDF and MEEC, to name a few.

Another newsletter on my desert is the recent Hesperia Horizon publication from the City of Hesperia. Because it's directed at the average resident, rather than industry people, this newsletter seems to have less acrononyms, although I spotted MRF, LMI and RDA.

Some industries, especially those that are technological- or education-based, seem to rely on acronyms as short-cuts to communicate with their communities. That was made infinitely clear to me when I worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena in the 1980s. The aerospace industry has tons of them. From APA, ETA and ETD to LAMS, NOTAR, NPRM, NTSB, RMU and YSAS.

But come to think of it, my industry has its share of acronyms too. The AP reports about all things news. I enjoy listening to NPR broadcasts and sometimes catch shows on the PBS. Heck, our newspaper recently submitted award entries to the SPJ.

Yes, perhaps I was too quick to judge the MDAQMD's long acronym. FYI, I need to go to the ATM or use my CC to buy a BLT, or perhaps I'll make a PBJ and a pour glass of OJ, so I'll have the energy to prepare a MTD report and look over a writer's MS.

Sometimes I wonder if I have a high enough IQ to do what I need accomplish 24/7.

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