“Relationships are harder now because conversations become texting, argument becomes phone calls, and feelings become statuses and tweets.” ~ unknown.
The Grumpy Git’s Guide to Technology is my latest lighthearted read, but when I reached page 51, ‘Text and Chatroom Acronyms’ I came face to face with myself.
Page 52 – “This is where I get a bit schizophrenic. As you know I will not shorten words on a text message and I view those who do with complete and utter disdain. I also hate people who constantly speak in clichés and insert acronyms and abbreviations into sentences at the drop of the syllable.” ~ Ivor Grump
He went on to give his list of both approved, and banned abbreviations and acronyms. ASAP, AKA, were approved as were a few other old, tried and tested.
I think I would get on rather well with the author Ivor Grump, well so far as text messaging is concerned. I wonder what his real name is. Oh, and let’s not confuse him with my friend Ivor the poet!
I too am not a fan of lazy messaging and not least because half the time I cannot understand it!
ATM (At The Moment) most certainly banned “We have the word now for this. It could also be confused with what the Americans call a cash dispenser. You know a CD.” ~ Ivor Grump. Actually, I call it a Cash Machine!
I’m guessing the trend of shortening words is another American import, similar to that country’s habit of abbreviating every town and state so that anyone from outside of America needs to begin a guessing game or find a map with clues!
Lazy messaging used to be the prerogative of the young, but these days many adults have adopted the text language, and how the teenagers must hate that!
Has the pace of life changed, can people really not be bothered to type the words? Well then, why not use the phone’s microphone, it will do the typing for you, and if your speech is clear, editing won’t be needed. If you’re really feeling lazy or speed is of the essence, and the microphone appeals to you, you can even use it for blogging by dictating directly into WordPress!
A WordPress colleague uses the initials DH when referring to her Dear Husband, it took me a while to work out who DH was, I thought he must be the handyman!
IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) “People who say this really don’t have a humble opinion, they have a very grand opinion that they want to dress up with some token humility. They might as well save the blather of the letter H and use IMO.” ~Ivor Grump.
Oddly enough Ivor Grump approves of LOL (Laughing Out Loud), whereas for me it’s a Nono! I prefer the old comic book version… hehe or haha!
He disapproves of KIT (Keep In Touch) saying, “What’s the point of keeping in touch if you’re only going to be bombarded by a load of acronyms!” ~ Ivor Grump
I’m looking forward to reading the rest of Ivor Grump’s book which I may or may not share on these pages in the not too distant future!
(c) SueW-nansfarm.net 2018. linked to the word PACE from Fandango’s One Word Challenge.