India don’t like some elements of the decision review system (DRS) and their refusal to use it might at some point come back to haunt them. Okay, we get it. Does the schadenfreude really have to be so obviously primed for deployment?
We also have issues with the term ‘DRS’. This is largely because it’s an abbreviation and we bloody loathe abbreviations. People think every second thing is important enough to warrant an abbreviation these days and it’s not the case. At least half of the abbreviations that are currently in common use are indecipherable to us and it really pisses us off.
An opaque abbreviation implies that elements of the speaker’s world are so important that everyone else should automatically be aware of them. We worked with somebody who once asked a customer whether their RSO had arrived. RSO meant ‘remote swap-out’ and the term had been coined in the office about a week before. The customer was baffled, obviously and we felt like stoving in our colleague’s stupid, self-centred head.
Abbreviations rapidly lose their original meaning as well. If you don’t believe us, we’ve already heard at least one person refer to ‘the DRS system’.