How Elon Musk Declared War On Acronyms

Acronyms. So Space X CEO and all-round badass Elon Musk really hated them. They made him go fml and wtf. So when employees at Space X were having conversations about how the JTB was going to impact the TKRM of the VSR, Musk stepped in.

In an incredibly direct memo to his Space X staff, Musk raged on the acronym. “Excessive use of made up acronyms is a significant impediment to conversation”, he scolded. “No one can actually remember them and people don’t want to seem dumb in a meeting, so they just sit there in ignorance. This is particularly tough on new employees.”

He set out a pretty clear ultimatum – any acronym that was to enter the Space X glossary would have to be approved by him. He also directed that all existing acronyms that couldn’t be reasonably justified would be scrapped.

Here’s the entire memo. 


TLDR: Don’t say TLDR when you’re around Elon Musk.