Forgive me if this is considered off topic, I looked through all of the stack exchange sites and this seemed like the closest fit. If someone can recommend a more appropriate site, let me know and I'll repost.
I work in an environment that is particularly prone to overuse of acronyms which to me seems pretty old fashioned. My impression is that the modern trend is to use names that perhaps aren't as descriptive, but are a little bit more "cute" than an acronym.
I've come up with 4 categories of names:
Descriptive acronyms that don't make any sort of clever word
These names are created by just coming up with a short description of what the thing is, and then using the resulting acronym. Examples include:
Acronyms that make some other word
These names describe the product, but some of the descriptiveness of the name may be sacrificed in order to come up with some clever word. Examples include:
Names that are related to what they do, but not an acronym
I tend to like these. The name is somewhat related to what the thing is, but is not a full description of if. Examples include:
Names that are just names and have nothing to do with the actual thing
These names are just words. I don't know how they get inspired, but it doesn't seem like they decrease people's ability to remember what they represent. Examples include:
I'm wondering if anyone knows if there has ever been a study to determine if certain types of names are more appealing than others, or more importantly to me, if certain name types make it easier for the users to remember what a product does. My products mostly get used by other engineers, and the marketing aspect isn't quite as important to me, but I would love to find some evidence to indicate that all these acronums