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It’s a New Language

I am being very uncool at the moment but there is a whole new language circulating and half the time I really struggle to understand it.  I am getting better.  I now know what IDK means when I get texts from my granddaughter or OMY from my kids.  Some of the new language leaves me a bit nonplussed, however.  I recently sent an email only to get a reply from the person’s colleague as follows – he is OOO.  

OOO what?  I thought.  Silly me – he was out of office.

I guess it makes sense that we should have abbreviations like this with the widespread use of texting.  By the way I hate texting on my phone – I just haven’t got the knack of the two thumb speed typing that some people have.  Maybe its because I have been touch typing for so long now.  I actually get put off when I look at the keyboard.  

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So did this abbreviated speak come about because people are lazy?  Apparently not.  When twitter first started you could only use 140 characters for a tweet so abbreviations were here to stay.  

They can be quite sneaky too – apparently teens started using some abbreviations as code – e.g. PAW – parents are watching.  PITR – parent in the room.  Quite alarming actually.

I thought some of these might come in handy – maybe I will start throwing a few into my regular emails and see if people know what I am talking about –

IFYP – I feel your pain.

ADIH – another day in hell

OMDB – over my dead body

The best I came across was – AYMM – are you my mother?  

Well I guess it is a good thing to start cutting down on verbiage.  Having worked for lawyers for many years I was used to sentences than ran on for half a page properly punctuated.  That’s not to mention the paragraphs ….

Paragraph 1 had a sub paragraph (a) which had a sub- paragraph (i) so when you had to refer to a previous paragraph you were looking at 2(b)(iv) …. LOL even my auto correct didn’t like that.




Quite useful actually.


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