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I'd always seen "LO" as being simply an abbreviation for "LibreOffice" in the same way that "OOo" was an abbreviation of "". I'd never associated it with any suggestion that LibreOffice is lo(w) quality.

As for MS, a single acronym can have many different meanings. It's one of the problems with using them out of context (TLAs - that's Two/Three Letter Acronyms, not Texas Library Association - are particularly overused).

The financial papers may well abbreviate Microsoft in one way, but that's not to say it's the only way. From a quick look, MSFT is used as an abbreviation for Microsoft, at least on NASDAQ - where MS is also used, but for Morgan Stanley.

MS is a common abbreviation for Microsoft (yes, and Multiple Sclerosis, and many other things). lists 230 meanings for "MS", the first of which is Microsoft. also lists several possible meanings for MS, again including Microsoft.

So MS has a different assumed meaning depending on the context. If you're talking about computer software, MS may mean Microsoft, if you're talking about finance it may mean Morgan Stanley, or if you're talking about medical conditions it may be Multiple Sclerosis. Nothing to say any of those uses are an offence to any other.


anne-ology wrote:
        "silly is as silly does" this is not;
             rather inane, bordering on insane  ;-)

        OpenOffice was referred to as OO ...
            LibreOffice was an offshoot of this thus LO.

        [and yes, I have used this program since the days of OO.]

        BTW - Microsoft is properly abbreviated as MsFt -
           check any financial paper if you disbelieve.

        MS stands for Multiple Sclerosis; which is a crippling disease which
some folks have -
           [and yes, I know some who do have this disease]
          therefore to use this acronym for other things seems to be a slap
in the face to these disabled folks.

From: Charles-H. Schulz <>
Date: Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 2:19 AM
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Nitpicking on a name

Hello everyone,

I apologize as what I am writing about might seem like a detail to many,
but I think it hurts a bit the project in the end to leave these things as
they are.

On this list (a few others as well but esp. On this one) people call
LibreOffice "LO". We -sorry to take on my founder's hat here- never called
LibreOffice LO.

Historically the people who did were long time users who
were a bit skeptical of us at first and who felt necessary to
"format"LibreOffice in a way they thought was easier.

Now you will tell me that it is easier to type LO than it is with
LibreOffice. Perhaps. But everyone here writes MS Office...

Anyway the point I am trying to make is that LO does not mean anything and
sends the wrong message. We are not "low" , we are not "hello", we are
libre people. Ans when I say we I lean everyone here.


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