I have learnt that American’s love to use acronyms. And I’m not just talking about ‘omg’, ‘bff’ and ‘lol’. I have discovered that anywhere you have a whole bunch of people and laws (like in a school district), the use of acronyms seems to triple. If someone asked me how my first meeting on my first day of school went, I would say
“I have an IDEA, why don’t you, me and 504 other people get together, hire a FERPA and go HIPAA spotting in Africa? I’ve heard that we may encounter some ESYs, so you bring the IEPs, I’ll find some SDIs, and don’t forget the RTI spray”.
Because that is how much I understood!
When you work abroad, you don’t realise how much you have to relearn. Your acronyms are different to their acronyms so there is a lot of semantic linking going on!