Are you suffering from Acronym Fever?


Sorry guys! Didn’t post anything for a while. I was (actually still am) caught by a book-worm. Will post a blog soon on the same. Anyway, this piece is related to a recently read blog on Acronym.

A decade back all the teenagers used to keep an eye on the best pocket-friendly SMS packs to be able to continue uninterrupted chitter-chatter with their friends. With limited pocket money, they made sure to spend it wisely. There were two kinds of monthly SMS packs- get a certain number of free messages or pay a discounted amount for every message.

The messages seemed like a different language, some kind of a code. The vowels were missing from the words leaving behind only the consonants while using numerics here and there, like 2 instead of to/two and 4 instead of for/four.

As far as I remember, 30-40 words made one message and if the person exceeded the limit even by one word, they were charged for two messages.

As a result, typing full words meant stretching one message to two, leading to either paying for two messages or consuming the monthly free message stock speedily. So, resorting to keeping the message short with just the consonants seemed not just quick but a reasonable choice too.

That was the era of basic keypad phones. But now, we are in the era of touchscreen phones and data packs. With qwerty and touch keypads, typing has become a whole lot easier. We are back to typing complete words along with some common acronyms.  

And with the data packs where everything runs on the internet, there is no worry of exhausting the message pack or being charged extra.

I recently read an article by Mrs. Funnybones on the world using acronyms for like everything, especially, our honorable PM.

I can’t help but wonder, there was a time when we ate just vowels, but today we’re eating entire words. When, on the contrary, touchscreens have made typing hell easier and data packs give all the liberty to send stories across the world.

I have always found it easier to type complete words instead of thinking about the initial of every word and then writing down the acronym.

I would not deny that acronyms like:

  • IDK: I Don’t Know
  • OMG: Oh My God
  • WTF: What The F*CK
  • ROFL: Rolling on Floor Laughing
  • LMAO: Laughing My Ass Off, and even
  • NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration),

come in handy and have found a way in our daily typing/talking habits.

But certain acronyms like:

  • IT +IT = IT: Information technology + Indian Talent = India Tomorrow)
  • SCAM: Samajwadi Party, Congress, Akhilesh Yadav, and Mayawati
  • AK-49: Arvind Kejriwal-49,

are kind of hard to digest.

All the above acronyms are coined by our honorable PM; No offense to Mr. PM, of course. 

And, as if these weren’t enough by our Prime Minister, a few more were off lately penned down by none other than the very charming Mrs. Funnybones.

Twinkle Khanna aka Mrs. Funnybones has coined ‘IYCBTJT’ in her latest blog, which stands for ‘If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them!’

All this makes me ponder, what’s going on. Is it necessary we express everything our mind conjures up?

Well, from this acronym fever, one thing is certain. I am definitely better off than using such long acronyms. I mean, wouldn’t it be a lot easier to simply type or say aloud the entire phrase, rather than juggle for the initial letters in your minds and then say or write it down?


Oh Goodness! I guess this acronym fever is contagious.

GMAB: Give Me A Break


Author: rashi mital

A mother and a travel enthusiast, I love speed and am proud of my driving skills. In my free time I love reading, writing, and sometimes doing nothing. I try to live every moment and believe in living young despite the age.

8 Comments on “Are you suffering from Acronym Fever?

  1. I’m LMAO right now! ?
    One shouldn’t forget how fashionable it is to drop such acronyms at the drop of a hat and sound ‘trendy and cool’. Personally, they are too much to handle for me. I’m better typing the whole word out.

    1. haha. M so glad you enjoyed the post, Varsh 🙂 I too can’t handle all the acronyms cropping up every day. In fact, two acronyms which I forgot to mention in the post, and deserved to be a part of it more than the others are- RIP and MMHROTD/HBD. I just hate when people use these two acronyms. I mean how can one be empathetic/joyful when he can’t even spare the time to type ‘Rest in Peace’/’Many Many Happy Returns Of The Day/Happy Birthday’. How much time does it even consume typing this much? Not even 30 secs. RIP and HBD sound so formal and written for-the-sake-of-it.

  2. One Acronym I totally fail to understand is RIP. If one is so concerned about the departed soul, don’t they have the few extra seconds to write Rest in Peace. RIP has such a negative meaning. Even if the whole world know it is an acronym, I am sure it won’t hurt to write Rest in Peace instead of RIP.

    1. True that Ashima. Not just RIP but also MMHROTD/HBD. These two should have been in the post. I feel ppl type RIP for the sake of it. When one cant spare a few seconds to express their grief, I really wonder how empathetic they would be. Thanks for reading. Cheers! 🙂

  3. LOL…I definitely have a chronic acronym fever. Still learning and a long way to go. Perhaps a decade later this might find its honorable place in English text books, who knows.

    1. Haha… M sailing in the same boat, Brinda. Learning a lot of acronyms on the way, esp on Twitter. Thanks much for dropping by. Cheers! 🙂

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