I know this may be Wall Street heresy, but is it time to retire the use of abbreviated symbols as shorthand for company stock names? As more market information goes online it seems that except for the business pages of newspapers, there is no real need to abbreviate a company's name for stock information. People can just spell out a name and get back the information or a listing of the closest matches, unless we have all become illiterate because of the omnipresence of spell checkers. Also it would avoid confusion when the exchanges limit the abbreviated symbols to a few letters (remember the confusion over INTL (Inter-Tel Inc) for Intel (INTC) a few years back). Basically, if the industry dropped this anachronistic practice then the public would not have to also remember the acronyms, which may have no relation to the company name or business.