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Apply to all language variations

One abbreviation fits all versions of a language
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An extra option for the autocorrect functionality of a word editor which would allow a new abbreviation to be valid for all the variations of the same language. This way, if you add a new abbreviation to autocorrect while you're typing in English UK, it will automatically be added to all other flavours of the English language.
PauloSargaco, Oct 15 2012

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       I agree. [+]   

       However - I don't use language variations (perhaps I should) - are there any field-specific or jargon language variants available? Where one could, when required, confine an abbreviation or word to a particular use scenario?   

       (A couple days ago, I was reading an airline-related conversation; I was taken rather aback when a ticket counter agent referred to a customer as a "POS". A bit later, I found out I wasn't the only one surprised, and it was explained that the acronym was for the phrase "person of size" (yes, a TLA for a PC term for a three-letter-word) and did not mean what I was thinking.)
lurch, Oct 15 2012
  

       haw [+] for [lurch]'s story.
FlyingToaster, Oct 15 2012
  

       lurch, that's an interesting story, although I'm not sure I understood it. My idea results from the fact that I work for an international company which implies that I have clients and colleagues all over the world. Documents can either be written in UK, US, Canada or whatever flavour of English preferred by the client and or origin of the document. But I'd like that whatever English I'm using, if I type "tp", Word should replace it with "Test Plan". If I write "regs", it should be automatically replaced by "regards". And so on, I think you get the idea.
PauloSargaco, Oct 16 2012
  

       //If I write "regs", it should be automatically replaced by "regards".//   

       That's all well and good, but lurch's point is that other people might well want something else.
Many other people might expect regs to become regulations, for example.
  

       // that's an interesting story, although I'm not sure I understood it.//
lurch thought they were being rather rude about said customer, because ... well, the first two words of an alternative expansion of POS are "piece of"; you can probably guess the last.
Loris, Oct 16 2012
  

       delighted as I am at the PC foil, why don't they just say "big" ? no baggage on that descriptive.
FlyingToaster, Oct 16 2012
  
      
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