OK, enough with the acronyms already. For that matter, texting language, whatever the hell it’s called, and abbreviations. My very first memory of an acronym would probably be from KAOS (the evil organization that was the nemesis of the inept agent Maxwell Smart and his sidekick the yummy Barbara Feldon. Except KAOS is not an acronym and doesn’t stand for anything. So I guess my first was from TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. It was a pretty cool show, but keep in mind other shows of that time were real winners like My Mother the Car, It’s about Time, and My World and Welcome to it.
I can see some benefit in the interest of brevity, but what I don’t care for is the use of acronyms to try to “brand” a product. Specifically Big Pharma. There was a time when shortening a malady was like “influenza” to the “flu.” I get that, but now, on every commercial, the medicines being hawked are for ED, COPD, RLS. In most cases, it seems to me they are trying to legitimize symptoms so that people hypochondriacs) can identify their concerns and paranoia. Will destroy ya.
And texting. I admit I am def not a master phone user. It took me six months to figure out that I could slide out a keyboard to do my typing instead of hitting the ABC pad three times to type a ‘C.” I used to tell people that if it weren’t for my wife, I would be the world’s slowest texter. I did not know that texting had its own language, so I just thought people were just shortening words willy-nilly. I mean really. Lol means laughing out loud? I might have sent the message as lau o lou. Needless to say, I would get it from my friends.
And what about the shortening of names? Athletes such as Jayson Williams who is now JWill. Running back Chris McCaffrey is CMac, and on it goes. Why is this system exclusive to the sports world? I mean why don’t we take it a step further? Outside of the best of all, The Notorious R.B.G. (Ruth Bader Ginsburg,, a TRUE American hero, who else is there in the political sphere? T-Bird is the outgoing president, JBid and KamHar are up next, and Lord only knows how they are able to get anything done for the good of the American people as long as they have to deal with MitMac and the hostile Congress?