January 7, 2007

Quite some time ago, when the sky of the internet was still blue, people didn’t have blogs and Wikipedia, but used so-called newsgroups to communicate and learn. Those newsgroups got lots of questions asked over and over again, so they started compiling a list of them, posting it each month, and naming it, appropriately, Frequently Asked Questions.

These days, the three-letter acronym is used mostly for documents that are a convenient way out of writing real documentation or structuring information on a website. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the difference with the original FAQ is that most of the time, the questions answered are never really asked.

Obviously, this kind of language polution is not the way to go. And because I have a big hole in my language ozon layer I got just annoyed enough to go and think of solution for this misbehavior.

Because I’m a realistic kind of guy, I don’t expect the whole word to use my made-up acronym to rebrand their FAQs. So I thought of something clever: find another group of words that discribe what’s really going on with the same acronym!

I’ve got three favorites, pick yours and hopefully you’ll think of it the next time you see ‘FAQ’:

  • Firmly Anticipated Questions
  • Fabricated Answered Questions
  • Fictionally Asked Questions

One comment

  1. Ha, just came across another one at http://www.indev.ca/MTFAQ.html, check the sidebar in which it says “Fastidiously Answered Queries”

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