One of lifes little hates for me, Abbreviations! We’re obsessed with the damned things, yet how many of us know what most of them actually stand for when we hear them used in advertising, or on the news etc etc. They are everywhere we look. You cnnot read a news article without stumbling acrosee yet another abbreviation. They pop out when you least expect them. Kids even talk in abbreviations nowadays.
A very good example is an educational one. A 16 year old in the UK answered a full exam paper in text speak. When it came to marking the paper, the examination board passed him as technically, what he did was correct. But thats an indicator of how bad its getting now.
I dont like abbreviations, but have to admit, even I am guilty of using them from time to time. I think even the most ardent haters of them use them occasionally.
In the 1970’s, a lot of football teams became known by an abbreviation of their full club name. Notts County became NCFC, Notts County Football Club, Manchester United became known as Man Utd and theres a whole plethora of others linked to sport like that.
In the ealry 1980’s, it was popular for musicians to be known by abbreviations. Mel & Kim became M&C, Fine Young Cannibals became FYC etc etc. Everywhere you looked, some person or group was becoming known by letters, not names. Prince became a symbol, wtf is that all about?
Adverts increasingly turned to abbreviations. One of the earliest adverts I remember seeing was for a furniture manufacturer, ELS. It was a very corny advert but it set a trend for furniture companies I think. Even today, we have DFS and CLS to name but two.
Then we came to misspellings as well. We had abbreviations which are bad enough, but then we got Kwik Fit, how do we expect our children to speak properly when they are bombarded with this crap.
Text messages are just about unreadable to adults these days.
Example of text speak
(Hamlet, Act Three, Scene One)
“2 b, r nt 2 b dat iz d Q wthr ts noblr n d mnd 2 sufr d slngs & arowz of outrAjs fortn r 2 tAk armz agnst a C f trblz, & by oposn nd em?”
“To be, or not to be: that is the question: / Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer / The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, / Or to take arms against a sea of troubles / And by opposing end them?”
Theres a great example of the English exam that was passed as the answers were “correct” in the eyes of the examiners. Below it is what it translates as. I could not decipher that in a million years, but our kids are finding this is the norm out there. My partner uses a mobile phone, I dont as I hardly venture out, so no need for one, but even she is falling into the text trap at the ripe young age of 50 something. I have seen it, so I know. I berate her for doing it, but its the done thing, just like posting your life on Facebook seems to be. Dont even get me started on that one!
I must say though, I do enjoy reading about the latest use of abbreviations and text speak, they can be hilarious sometimes.
AAAAAAAAA All American Association Against Acronym And Abbreviation Abuse Anonymous, is hilarious,
FUBAR, Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition, is widely used now and probably true of many things in life.
FFFF: Female, Fat, Forty and Flatulent, for men, very funny, to women, probably not.
Two guys and a girl were sitting at a bar talking about their lives. The one guy said, “I’m a YUPPIE. You know, Young Urban Professional.” The second guy responded, “I’m a DINK. You know, Double Income No Kids.” They then asked the woman, “What are you?” She replied: “I’m a WIFE. You know, Wash, Iron, Fuck, Etc.” Had to throw that one in.
Even the internet has its own abbreviated language based on text speak, how many of us use these when chatting to someone via a messenger service or chatroom?
So thats my pet peeve out of the way for today. Just a little something that I hope will raise a few laughs for some, a smile from others.
|AFK||Away From Keyboard|
|ASL?||Age? Sex? Location?|
|BAK||Back At Keyboard|
|BBL||Be Back Later|
|BCNU||Be seeing you|
|BRB||Be Right Back|
|BTW||By The Way|
|FAQs||Frequently Asked Questions|
|IMHO||In My Humble Opinion|
|LOL||Laughs Out Loud|
|MOF?||Male Or Female?|
|NM or N/M||Never Mind (or Not Much)|
|NP or N/P||No Problem|
|OMG||Oh My God|
|ROFL or ROTFL||Rolling On (The) Floor, Laughing|
|TTFN||Ta Ta For Now|
|UR||Your / You’re|