Acronyms feel like the language of the internet. l33tspeak aside, we’ve gotten used to character limitations, abbreviating, and quick responses due to FOMO so we write and speak in ways that we assume are common knowledge. This talk makes a case for being more careful in our language and recognizing that just because it looks good to us, things are getting lost in translation. Now IANAL (I am not a linguist), I’m a person who’s transitioned into tech and has stories about when these assumptions go wrong — and sometimes very wrong — and some propositions for how we can move forward with a more collective and inclusive vocabulary. As a takeaway from this presentation, I hope you’ll leave with a better appreciation for etymology, some funny stories, and serious considerations around how to better communicate.