What Does 1H CY2008 Mean? Acronyms Should Be Banned

I really hate all these acronyms and jargon that people steep in their particular corporate culture like to use. Take “1H CY2008” for example. Microsoft says Windows XP Service Pack 3 will be out in 1H CY2008. So what does H mean? And does CY mean current year? If it’s current year, why add 2008? How many current years are there anyway?

Acronyms and jargon are an impediment to communication. Particularly when you communicate to outsiders, or people on the fringe.

Anyway, I found out that the “H” means “half” – so “1H” means first half. I had to google it. Microsoft’s internal search engine yielded nothing. I still have no idea what CY stands for. I’m sure it’s something logical, but isn’t it easier to simply use plain English and have everybody understand immediately what you said? (You did intend to communicate, didn’t you, and not just utter sounds?)

[Update] As DF noted below, “CY” stands for “Calendar Year”. Why can’t they simply have omitted “CY” then, and avoid confusing people? Good grief. Who goes around thinking of “financial year” in conversations/announcements about non-accounting matters? A year, is by default, a calendar year. Everything else has to be specified. If you want to clarify that it’s a calendar year in a normal non-accounting or non-specialist context, then say “calendar year” and not “CY” which confuses things even more.

Filed in Windows, Software, Language, Opinion.


11 Responses to What Does 1H CY2008 Mean? Acronyms Should Be Banned

  1. DF says:

    Yep, 1H means first half,
    and CY2008 means Calendar Year 2008 (as opposed to financial year – FY, for example).

  2. florafaunarocks says:

    Thanks for the info!

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  4. Snel Lenen says:

    Thanks for this information. I really didn’t get CY2008, but now it seems so simple 🙂

  5. Carpo says:

    Well I had no problem in getting what 1H CY2008 meant. 1st half of “current year”2008. but the most annoying acronym i’ve come across more and more lately is…..afk it drives me mad. Yes Away from keyboard….wtf is all that about lol.

  6. […] Windows XP Service Pack 3: General Public Release XP Service Pack 3 has been released both as a separate download as well as over Windows Update. I guess MS kept their word and released it in 1H CY2008, as they cryptically put it. […]

  7. dhruvin says:

    I agree. Thanks for the post. I could not get what CY meant. Calendar Year is the correct answer that I got from your post. You are right, if they really want to communicate then why use such awkward acronyms, and even after using such acronyms they just never mention the abbreviations in any part of their website.

  8. Analia says:

    Thanks a lot for the answer!!

    Greetings from Paraguay!

  9. Rudiger says:

    Thanks for the info!!.

  10. Navya says:

    Thanks for the information.

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