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June 30, 2020 3 min read 1 Comment

By Nikita Hillier

 

The English language is a beautiful thing. It brings us words like Ephemeral, Hiraeth, Meraki, and Limerence. It brings us the joy of communication and a way to express our feelings when facial expressions and body language fail to do so. The English language is one of my favorite things in the world (which is why I became a writer). The wrong words can tear us down and the right ones can build a life, it’s not something to be used freely by the cynical. With all this talk about how wonderful language is, I was more than surprised to find out that people had started to abbreviate things; I mean, why fix something that isn’t broken? Seriously, WTH!?

 

 

Abbreviations and Acronyms

 

Before I dive deeper into the crime that is abbreviating the English language, we must understand the difference between abbreviations and acronyms and what they each mean.

Abbreviation

  • “An abbreviation (from Latin brevi³re → brevis meaning “short”) is a shortened form of a word or phrase used mainly in writing to represent the complete form. It usually has a full-stop at the end.
    Examples: Lib. For Library / abbr. for abbreviation / approx. for approximate”

Acronym

  • “An acronym (from Latin acro- meaning “beginning” + -onym meaning “word, name”) is a pronounceable word formed mostly (but not always) from the initial letters of a descriptive name or title.
    Examples: radar = radio detecting and ranging / ASAP = asoon ap The term initialism uses a similar method, but the word is pronounced letter by letter. Example: BBC British Broadcasting Corporation or USA United States of America.
    And last but not least, there are symbols and/or units of reference, like min for minute or kg for kilogram.”

 

 

Common Internet Acronyms

If you are confused by Social Media posts containing mainly letters and you can’t comprehend what is happening, you’ve been the victim of new-age texting; and you aren’t alone! Plenty of people all over the world are confused by popular internet acronyms and are afraid that the English language is quite quickly losing its charm. So, if you’re feeling confused, here are some popular internet acronyms that you are almost certain to come across at some point. BTW (by the way), DIY (do it yourself), FYI (for your information), IDK (I don’t know), IMO (in my opinion), LOL (laugh out loud), OMG (oh my god), TTYL (talk to you later), WTH (what the hell), WTF (I suppose this one is fairly self-explanatory), ASAP (as soon as possible), BRB (be right back), and of course the very ironic IRL (in real life). Trust me, it will take a while to learn these.

 

I get it though, using BRB instead of be right back saves you a few seconds; but is the demise of a beautiful language really worth saving a few seconds while sending a text? IDK, I really don’t get the fascination with it all. IMO, I would gladly be without all this internet ‘slang’ but it’s so popular that I doubt we will see the end of it. Of course, the English language has existed for 1400 years now and I doubt it will be going away any time soon (or ever for that matter) but keeping it around and not losing the charm that comes with it is essential. So next time you text someone, do so as you are speaking in English, not letters. TTYL!


1 Response

Roderick Ralph
Roderick Ralph

July 08, 2020

This young lady is going to make a success of anything she chooses to do. From the above sample of her work I am delighted to say ‘’good luck’’ in all your endeavours, there I managed this comment without using either an Abbreviation or an Acronym.

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