Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Confusing Case Of Acronyms

Let's start here: I cannot understand the texting slang that acronyms make a major part of. The maximum I use is lol, lol. The world is so fast paced, and lazy if I may add, that literally everything has an acronym on text. People use it so casually, and yet I never know what it means. How is that? How do other people keep up with the unpredictable rate at which these acronyms grow? A regular text in today's world seems to be:
wym lol hahaha ngl idk even if it exists iml, iykwim, k c u bbye 
And, when I do receive such texts once in a while, my mind goes-what the hell was that? My friends always text me properly because writing acronyms to me means more work for them, because my replies are going to be a simple question mark for every word/phrase they shrunk, and they will have to explain the whole thing again. As well write it all the first time- that's what they think (I think)!

Though becomes tho, please becomes pls, thanks becomes tnq/tq/tnx/tkhs/tks/(I-have-no-idea-what-else), but a simple hi goes hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. Eh, well. Every line has a lol, or a bro, or both. For a long time I was so confused when I looked at Qt, and racked my brains until one day it dawned on me that it's cutie! I could particularly never understand when people wrote a four letter word in three words, because that's the short form (lol). I couldn't believe people use acronyms like NNTR which apparently means "no need to reply", and  DGMW which meant "don't get me wrong". Sigh, I have a long way to go.

I find it much easier to both type and read if so many acronyms don't replace the entire sentence structure. The texts are just stunted today- no capitals, no punctuation, very few actual, full words, and acronyms thrown around generously, not to mention the weird string of emojis. There is nothing wrong at all. But, I'd feel grateful if people assumed less that everybody knows them. Or wait, does everyone except me actually know?

How do you keep up with the confusing case of acronyms? 

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