To produce the most effective online experiences, online marketers, designers and UXers strive to prevent the user thinking (too much). Every task should be as easy as possible for the user to complete. To this end, we are also often attempting to spell things out as clearly as possible, avoiding jargon and acronyms.
When acronyms are best
The three little numbers on the back of a debit/credit card goes by a variety of names. The most common term that I come across is “CVC” or “CVV”.
The other day I came across the term “Card Verification No:” and only through guesswork I could figure out what it meant.
I mean, i’m used to seeing an acronym, and a small space to fill in a few characters when filling in card details. But the fact is I got so used to seeing the acronym and not having a clue, nor caring what it stood for to suddenly be confronted with its actual meaning, I was momentarily dumbstruck.
In case you ever cared, here are the different variations of CVV
A card security code (CSC), sometimes called card verification data (CVD), card verification number (CVN), card verification value (CVV or CVV2), card verification value code (CVVC), card verification code (CVC or CVC2), verification code (V-code orV code), card code verification (CCV), or signature panel code (SPC) are different terms for a security feature for “card not present” payment card transactions against credit card fraud.
Do you knows what e.g. stands for?
Abbreviation of Latin exemplī grātiā (“for example”). Gratiā here is in the ablative case which is translated into the prepositional phrase “for the sake“. Exempli is a genitive case noun meaning “of example”. Therefore, the full phrase is “for the sake of example”. Previously abbreviated to ex. gr.