Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Texting acronyms: Are you down with it?

            It seems to be a rite of passage that young people develop their own language, thereby mystifying and confusing their elders. This, of course, is the purpose. The generation gap is widened by the language barrier that exists between the age groups.

            Say Daddy-O. Let’s hear some of that Rock-n-Roll. You got Jailhouse Rock on a 45? Elvis really knocks my socks off.

            Like, wow, man. That tune sets my soul on fire, ya dig? Dylan is like, far out. Groovy, man.

            That Snoop Dog’s phat, homie. Fo’shizzle.

            Kids today text more than they speak; their language is an offshoot of this new technology.

R U going 2 C Justin Bieber 2 nite?
The above texting example is fairly simple and can be deciphered with a minimum of effort. However, other text shortcuts are unreadable without a dictionary. What the heck are “ROFLMAO” and “YMMV”?

FYI (For Your Information), they’re acronyms. Each letter stands for the first letter of a word. You end up with “Rolling On Floor Laughing My A** Off” and “Your Mileage May Vary”. Simple, right? LOL (Laughing Out Loud)

The elderly (anyone over 30) have found that many of the acronyms currently used by the kids don’t apply to us. I feel silly using S^ (S’up – a.k.a. What’s up?). I wouldn’t say it; I won’t write it. I’m not the only one in the geriatric set who feels that way. An ingenious FB (FaceBook) user has posted some acronyms designed just for us.

ATD -at the doctor. 
BFF -best friend fell. 
BTW -bring the wheelchair.
BYOT -bring your own teeth. 
FWIW -forgot where I was.
GGPBL -gotta go, pacemaker battery low. 
GHA -got heartburn again.
IMHO -is my hearing aid on? 
LMDO -laughing my dentures out.
OMMR -on my massage recliner. 
ROFLACGU -rolling on floor laughing and can't get up. 
TTYL -talk to you louder!

            I feel so much better now that I have acronyms I can really use. Sorry, kids, your secret language has been co-opted by the adults. Don’t you hate when that happens? ROFLACGU

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