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.