Twitter? Check. Texting? Well, duh. Facebook? Oh, yeah. Tumblr? Meh. Triberr? GRRR…
Good Lord, I’m trying to stay current, not only to enjoy myself, but also because I’m concerned if I don’t stay on top of all these new social communications, I’ll get so far behind that I won’t be able to catch up. But man, now acronyms have exploded all over the place, and it’s got me SOBT (stressed out big time).
BHIMBGO (Bloody hell, I must be getting old.)
BITD (back in the day) we thought we were sexy when we’d OMG and LOL. But these days we are just sooo beyond that. These days we log onto Facebook, witness a friend making a fool of himself, and ROFLMAO until someone tells us to GAHOY (get a hold of yourself), BYKT (but you knew that).
Yes, acronyms can be great. They’re not only convenient, but necessary in terms of our data plans and the Twitterverse. But AFAIC (as far as I’m concerned), all these acronyms have a dark side too.
How can English teachers penetrate the coma of texting zombies who do nothing but communicate in chunks of capital consonants? YKWIM (you know what I mean)? IMHO (in my humble opinion), English majors are going to become a hot commodity in as little as five years because the world is going to see a dearth of grammatically proficient employees.
AWHFY (Are we having fun yet?) ISH (insert sarcasm here).
BWTM (but wait, there’s more)…
If you wanna become a BAC (bad ass chick) who knows a CRD (Caucasian rhythm disorder) from a CRS (can’t remember shit), go ahead and bookmark this website called NetLingo. It’s one of the most comprehensive lists of chat acronyms and text message shorthand I’ve ever come across. With this handy tool – even if you’re the only AITR (adult in the room) – you’ll never be BSBD&NE (book smart, brain dead & no experience).
But AWTTW (a word to the wise), if you have older kids, it’ll likely teach you FMTYEWTK (far more than you ever wanted to know) about modern teenagers. Instead of remaining in a state of blissful ignorance, you’ll be able to decode your son’s ode to a HPOA (hot piece of ass) MILF (mom I’d like to fuck) and discover your daughter was EWI (emailing while intoxicated) and launched a naughty picture into the ever-livin’ cyber-sphere.
At that point, you’ll be texting your own BFF saying FML (fuck my life), wondering DISTO (did I say that out loud) as you stagger to the nearest mirror looking for the latest eruption of gray hairs.
And just because you want another worthless piece of information to bang your head against, I’ll tell you there’s even an acronym for “too many acronyms” (TMA), as well as acronyms talking about acronyms (eg: TLA = three letter acronym). I can’t possibly make all this up.
FTR (for the record), I have a love-hate thing going on with acronyms, which is kinda FU (fucked up) because big-time acronym usage desensitizes us to swear words. Right? The other day I heard a third grader say, “WTF, man?” (He actually spoke the consonants). So…if I was this kid’s parent, would I wash his mouth out with soap? I mean, even though it was implied, he didn’t actually say “fuck.” Shades of gray…
But I digress.
Anyway, in social media it’s always gonna be #ODTAA (one damn thing after another). (BTW, writer @JanRomes and I started that Twitter hashtag. Feel free to tweet it far and wide!!). None of us will ever be on top of it all (just try doing a spell check on an article like this – FML), but at least NetLingo’s acronym decoding website can help us do our DD (due diligence).
So, my CTA (call to action) isn’t BOHICA (bend over here it comes again), but rather CUWTA (catch up with the acronyms) so you can tell social media to BIO (bring it on).
What do you think of social media communications and/or the use of acronyms?