OMG, LGTB, OCD, GAD, ADSL, PND, PTSD. ..
Where does it stop?
I used to think that I acquired an extensive vocabulary. Now I have to decipher my emails by constantly checking what those acronyms are about.
Do all those acronym lovers still know where the expression “OK” came from? Not to mention that the “OK” hand gesture is now a hate symbol, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League.
May I ask you that if you wouldn’t say it out loud, not to use it anymore?
And for those who feel unjustly singled out because they belong to the millennial internet generation: the ivory tower builders aren’t a recent phenomenon. I illustrate with a pre-internet example;
How did you feel – confused, stupid, unsure who to turn to decipher them?
If you don’t have time to communicate while using whole sentences, better don’t because:
- It opens the door to miscommunication and misunderstanding,
- you communicate exclusivity or an inner circle to which your correspondent may not belong to,
- you alienate people by excluding them in a ‘shared language’,
- you truncate and restrict the conversation – you’re not giving your correspondent an opportunity to explore understanding but are running on ‘automatic’,
- potentially can give rise to false assumptions, where a meaning is imputed that isn’t correct.