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