Last week, according to a local birding group, a
"PRWA" was discovered in Oceano. I was amazed at how
little press was generated by the discovery of a new
bird species in the ABA area. Details are still
sketchy as to which family this species belongs to (is
it a wagtail or a warbler?), but it apparently looks
shockingly similar to a Prothonotary Warbler (PROW).
All joking aside, Mr. Wander's suggestion certainly
solves confusion WITHIN a given article or post;
however, there is still the problem of perpetuating
inaccurate information and re-inforcing it in a public
forum. Personally, I leave abbreviations for those
who band birds.
From: Nathaniel Wander <nw105@...>
Date: Sun Oct 9, 2005 10:55 am
There is a simple convention in published writing,
that permits useful abbreviations while preventing
confusion. The first time a name appears in the text
it's fully spelled out with the abbreviation in
parentheses. Obviously, if the name is only going to
appear once, there's no need to abbreviate it.