Acronyms Anonymous

I am hereby declaring it an absolute necessity for the good of the nation that we begin a new therapy group called Acronyms Anonymous where people could go to meetings for assistance in curbing their compulsion to abbreviate everything they write.  If you’re tweeting, texting or on Instagram, I could understand, but it’s cropping up in more and more places.

If you’re in the military or a government employee,  acronyms are common.  They can ABCDEF with the best of them. Just like everything else, it’s always where you draw the line.  If I’m in a hurry and need info, I have no problem texting “Where r u?” and when they reply, return with “k”.  So, I get it, but to shorten things just because you can could easily become a habit, a lazy habit.

I’m seeing Facebook posts with “bc” rather than “because” and other abbreviations that take a little longer to figure out.  I love puzzles and word games so depending on the mood it can be fun or just mildly annoying.  Eventually, I remember that words mean something and should be treasured.  Good communication isn’t an inherent human trait, it’s learned and it behooves us to teach it to those younger or those who’ve never learned.

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One Response to Acronyms Anonymous

  1. doris says:

    John abhorred acronyms. He almost never used one and didn’t let people who worked for him use them very often in his presence. When he retired, his office gave him a t-shirt decorated with every acronym they’d ever used! He loved it!
    I have no particular problem with using acronyms within a profession or local group where everyone understands the jargon. What really bugged me when I worked for the army was the habit of pronouncing the acronym as if it were a word. Try saying AMSMC. What’s worse is when the acronym is constructed first and explanatory words must be selected to support it. Can’t think of an example right now, but I’ve seen it done all over the federal government.

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