My last blog on language ended with wondering if texting abbreviations could be considered language. Arguably, before texting came acronyms used in the computer community. A miniscule sampling is below and these are G-rated. Believe me, there are many of the more risqué samples.
AFAIK: As Far As I Know
AKA: Also Known As
ASAP: As Soon As Possible
BTW: By The Way
BRB: Be Right Back
FAQ: Frequently asked questions
FYI: For Your Information
FWIW: For What It’s Worth
GD&R: Grinning, Ducking and Running (After snide remark)
IANAL: I Am Not A Lawyer (But…)
IDK: I don’t know
IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
IMO: In My Opinion
IYKWIM: If You Know What I Mean
JM2C: Just My 2 Cents
LOL: Laughing Out Loud
OTOH: On The Other Hand
PMFJI: Pardon Me For Jumping In (a polite way to get into a discussion
PS: Post Script
ROTFL: Rolling On The Floor Laughing
SWALK: Sealed With A Loving Kiss
TIA: Thanks In Advance
TPTB: The Powers That Be
TTFN: Ta Ta For Now
TWIMC: To Whom It May Concern
YWIA: You’re welcome in advance
Next, let us not forget the emoticons that communicate feelings. There are also many of these I could list.
🙂 🙂 :> Smiling, happy faces; don’t take me too seriously
😉 😉 ;> Winking happy faces (something said tongue-in-cheek)
😮 “Oh, nooooooo!” (a la Mr. Bill)
😦 Sad or disappointed face
😛 Tongue stuck out
&:-) From a person with curly hair
@:-) From a person with wavy hair
#:-) From a person with matted hair
For more, go to Acronyms & Emoticons Used in the Computer Community.
From Dictionary.com, the first two definitions refer to words and communication by voice. The next three definitions are:
3. the system of linguistic signs or symbols considered in the abstract ( opposed to speech).
4. any set or system of such symbols as used in a more or less uniform fashion by a number of people, who are thus enabled to communicate intelligibly with one another.
5. any system of formalized symbols, signs, sounds, gestures, or the like used or conceived as a means of communicating thought, emotion, etc.: the language of mathematics; sign language.
Are acronyms and emoticons language? Are people in such a hurry that they have to abbreviate instead of spell out the whole word or sentence? Does using these types of communication mean we are losing our language or at least, the skill to know the proper spellings and usage? Are we getting lazier?
So, let the debate begin. Please weigh in.