Why Don't The Setlists Use Abbreviations?

The default Phish.net setlists avoid abbreviations, for maximum clarity and so as not to confuse newer fans. (Show notes and song notes do, however, use abbreviations.) Not everyone will recognize PYITE, BBFCFM, MMGAMOIO, WMGGW, or SOAM - and SOAM might be :Scent of a Mule" or "Split Open and Melt".

However, many users will find that abbreviated setlists are both easier to read and more like a conversation about a show. When was the last time you used the full song title “Run Like an Antelope” or “You Enjoy Myself ” in a conversation? The abbreviations “Antelope” and “YEM” have become more conversationally common than the original song titles, and fans rarely take the time to write out full titles. We therefore now offer J-card toggles to shorten song titles.


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