Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Too lazy to type entire words

Dave lists some acronyms that I term "Acronyms That People Often Need Communicating Cliches Like Wild", or ATPONCCLW, to be more clear. I'm not sure when exactly the computer industry started spouting off acronyms (UNIVAC?) faster than MTV creates new reality shows, but it's time to admit something. It isn't making anything clearer to anyone.

They've been used in shorthand for classes of products, as in PCMCIA, which stands for "People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms". They bled over onto USENET, which is short for "Where people used to post mindless crap before the web", then onto IRC, which is short for "Internet losers typing in the dark". Using acronyms like LOL for laughing out loud became common on chat services, in fact it still is. The truth behind these happy monikers was made abundantly obvious to me one cold Autumn many, many years ago. I was visiting some friends and noted one avoiding real human interaction chatting on the net. She typed, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, whilst keeping on her face the most lifeless and cold expression since I last saw a postal worker. So what's the point of even using them then?

I'm also keeping an eye on some overused phrases that may soon need to be expunged from their place on blogs (some that I am guilty of as well) like "Read it all", "Indeed", and "I will not put you in my blogroll if you put X in yours".


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