July 7, 2012

Aren't we cute?

With our abbreves.

21 comments:

God, An Original A-hole said...

Oh, GTFO!

The Drill SGT said...

I admit to using both basic internets abbreviations, and the classic military or techno ones as well.

but abbreves?

that's as much work as making sense of the wv's








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Scott said...

Andy Rooney lives. wtf

Roadkill said...
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Lucien said...

Didn't Ann have a post, a few weeks back, in which Sarah Silverman mocked twitter messages by sending one saying she had a "quickie aborsh"?

A dig, not just at tweets, but at abbreves.

edutcher said...

I don't think it's abreves as much as just lazy, although, like the Sgt, I've used professional slang aplenty, but that isn't always the same thing.

Freeman Hunt said...

Are there ones for other subjects?

Economics:
"U so marxies!"
"Lulz! Free mark caps 4 evs!"

rick said...

I just love the first one in the link. OMG ... Obama Must Go.

Petunia said...

"Sunnies" and "sammies" aren't new abbreviations.

Look back over a century to find abbreviations in the days of telegraphy.

Also, as you linked to last week (?), Ann, even emoticons are over a century old.

Freeman Hunt said...

Student to Althouse:

"Any precies relv here?"

yashu said...

A lot of these are originally Britishisms-- e.g. "sunnies" and "sammies." First adopted as an affectation by anglophile yanks (in large part fashionistas).

Cf. "guv," "brill."

"Twee" itself, both the word and the concept, is of British extraction.

Lyle said...

I'm not a fan of abbreves. It is abused by people trying to be too "in" or too "cool". Hates it.

Paul Zrimsek said...

The author's perceptions are skewed by the fact that not one of the words in "You kids get off my lawn!" lends itself to abbreviation.

AllieOop said...

Abbreves are not adorbs?

Bob Ellison said...

It comes from the control interface. People using tiny little keyboards on their phones, with Siri et al. correcting everything, often wrongly, grow quickly accustomed to TLAs, abbreviations, and newfangled shorthand.

People like me, who never learned to write longhand quickly but type fast, don't see the point of such stuff. Get the point across clearly, we think.

It's all communication. Not all of it is clear, but the Darwinistic evolution of efficient communication should be appreciated as natural.

FWBuff said...

"When you said you loved me,
Imagine my emosh.
I swore then and there
Permanent devosh."
-- from 'Swonderful by George Gershwin, 1927

The abbreves fad has been around a long time.

Mary Beth said...

They're including acronyms in with abbreviations so I'll add "YOLO".

Curious George said...

Abbreves are BS.

tim maguire said...

In "the lost weekend"--hardly a new movie--there's a character who uses many of these same abbreviations and another character who makes some of these same complaints. Isn't cicero suppsed to have complained about kids today?

sleepless nights said...

Not a fan - even of the old school ones - vacay, fam, micro. They're the verbal equivalent of a dotting your i's with a big heart as an adult.

I have more sympathy with ones that derive from texting because they were initially practical.

You know what is annoying? That Prince's cutesy junior high school love note spelling turned out to be the future.

nichole said...

Ermahgerd!!