I have heard it expressed that abbreviations are unavoidable, but i do feel that with some adjustments to the information hierarchy, words could always be spelled out.
That being said, it’s a major redesign of pretty much the entire UI. And given stated goals of making aspects of the UI visible at a large distance, it’s not a trivial redesign either (lots of touchy balances/tradeoffs and varying use cases to keep in mind). My own furtive attempt quickly ended in a lack of free time for the task.
I guess it just seems “easy” from the perspective that I’m doing it all day for the day job, but then again, it’s a lot easier to motivate for it when there’s a paycheck attached!