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No TTYL8R, ASL, or LOL

Acronyms; they are part of our vocabulary in many ways. They usually are meant as an "also known as" for organizations, legal ease and in today's technology short form for text messaging. So why the title of the article?

I HATE ACRONYMS. Half the time, I don't know what on earth people are talking about when they use them. Sure, I know what AA means. It's short for Alcoholics Anonymous, Associate in Arts and several others I can't think of.

What do I hate about them? Technically, I don't hate acronyms if it is part of something I grew up on. On other hand, I remember how long it took me to just understand what people meant when they started using the shorthand in text messages because of the limited number of characters. To this day, I still have to tell people to spell out what they are trying to tell me.

Are people so lazy to spell out words? Maybe I am just old fashioned but I sure wish people would keep the shorthand simple. It was hard enough trying to figure out what LOL, ROFL and LMAO meant when it appeared on the scene.

While everyone else is progressing into using more and more acronyms, I am still stuck on yesterday and spelling out my words. What can I say? I am writer and a detailed one at that.


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Comments

peachpurple wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:56 AM

You are not the only one, i frequently had to refer wikipedia forthe meanings

candykane wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:13 AM

Ah yes, even my friends always text me using acronyms and it always bugs me more than it should. I mean if you have the whole keyboard, then please kindly use it. Haha!

CountryWine wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:59 AM

Yes, most phones now have a full QWERTY keyboard. If you run out characters for what you want to say, they are formatted to automatically start another message to be attached as one. The receiver will get more than one text message though.

CountryWine wrote on January 8, 2015, 11:00 AM

I would just ask my friends. Looking stupid was not an option.

GayleStorm wrote on January 8, 2015, 2:26 PM

I don't much like using text-lingo. I think lol is my most frequent one. At least while texting, I use 'bc' instead of typing out 'because' the whole word. That might've stemmed from note taking in my college courses.

soupdragon wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:38 PM

I am not a fan of acronyms either and I seem to have to deal with them all the time in the course of my work.

MelissaE wrote on January 8, 2015, 8:28 PM

Thank you for this so true post. I teach sixth grade English, fighting texting language is an ongoing battle. I still have to tell students to capitalize the personal pronoun I.

LadyTrouble wrote on January 8, 2015, 8:31 PM

lol i'll ttyl, no I'm kidding. I know the mainstream ones but when SMH came on the scene, forget about it.

CountryWine wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:42 PM

I only use LOL ... I find the whole concept annoying to be honest.

CountryWine wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:45 PM

What kind of work do you do?

CountryWine wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:47 PM

LOL That's just so ... I don't know. Why wouldn't they?

CountryWine wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:48 PM

That "smh" stuff is what I really hate. I don't get it.