In my work as a science editor I keep track of hundreds of abbreviations, most of which must be spelled out at first use. I use a prefix unlikely to appear as the start of a real word or abbreviation (xx or yy, etc.) plus the abbreviation as the Type Pilot keyword, and have to enter the complex correct expanded form only once. Then, even if I don't quite remember, I get it right. So xxfish gives "fluorescence in situ hybridization" (not "fluorescent in situ..."). xxbrdu gives bromodeoxyuridine. xxalp gives "alkaline phosphatase" and xxalt gives "alanine transaminase".
I also use TP for standard queries to authors: eg xxcute gives "AU: Please consider dropping the cute subtitle. Such jokes rarely wear well, and you would be stuck with the stale humor for the rest of your professional careers." xxerrata gives "AU, ref. 0: When a correction has been published, the erratum notice becomes a permanent part of the original reference. Thus the insertion here." (I just update "ref. 0" to the actual number.)
If I have another publisher who uses different definitions, I change the prefix (eg, xx for my main publisher, yy for alternatives; thus, yyfish gives "fluorescent in situ hybridization" instead of "fluorescence..."). THANK YOU for helping me maintain consistency and accuracy across all my work!
Word's Autocorrect is prone to corruption, is hard to update or transfer to another computer, and is available only in Word. TP works in e-mail or Excel or Open Office just as well as in Word. Best of all: TP can import phrase lists: a great advantage when starting a new project. PS: Over time, my phrase list accumulates even rare and unusual abbreviations, which saves me looking things up repeatedly. When I encounter a seemingly new acronym, I always try the xx-prefixed version, in case I have already confirmed the correct expansion. If it spells out, fine; if not, I look it up AND immediately add it to my phrase list. My work gets easier that way.
Gundega Korsts, October 2012
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Albert Heemeijer (from Core Quality Education), October 2012
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Mark Taflinger (from Courier-Journal), October 2012
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