By Braddah Lance
In dis day and age of long winded string of words, acronyms fit in just nicely for da fact of simplicity's sake..... or possibly laziness. Da acronym could be short, it could be long, da lettahs could actually seem like they have more syllables then da words itself but you'll still try and ramble da lettahs in a single breath "assuming" dat da person you're saying it to knows wat it means.
Unbeknownst to da youngin's, acronyms came BEFORE texting. In fact, you probably could attribute some of da success of texting to da world of acronyms wit da only difference is dat in texting, you practically make up your own "words" and of course, only limited to 160 characters per text.
Take for instance some of these commonly used text acronyms:
- C U = (C)See (U)You
- LOL = Lauging Out Loud
- IYKWIM = If You Know Wat I Mean
- TY = Thank You
Even at work get CHOKE acronyms and while it may sound funny in da beginning or to non-employees, it becomes one "language" you understand once you've worked there for awhile. My old work place, QLCC (Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center) is a very long name and EVERYBODY there just says QLCC..... but gotta say da whole words aftah cause those who no work there or nevah heard of it wondahs wat da heck QLCC means.
Take a look at our blogs: Wassap Wit Dat has been conveniently shortened to WWD!, MidLife Crisis (MLC) & Odds & Ends (O&E).
You know wat's really funny? Wen you stay talking to your friend and say something like,
BL: "Eh, you know dat THA going be sold?"
FRIEND: "Heh? Wat dat?"
FRIEND: "Yeah, wat da heck is dat?"
BL: "You don't know wat THA is?"
FRIEND: "No, wat dat?"
BL: "You fo' real dunno wat dat is?"
FRIEND: "Uh.... no."
BL: "The Honolulu Advertiser."
FRIEND: "Why you nevah jus' say dat!!!"
No can win. If you say da whole word, da oddah buggah like use da acronym but if da oddah buggah like use da acronym you like say da whole word......
Wassap Wit Dat!
Try decipher da local acronyms we hea frequently....
- BBBSH (was in yesterday's papah)
- L&L (ok, I dunno if it's just lettahs or it means something but if you know, please share)
And how's dis! Da legislature is so "complex", they even gotta have one "cheat sheet" for help themselves "translate" wat da heck they talkin' about!
No even get me started on all da college acronyms and on top of dat I'd say about 20% of 'em stay doubled up and depends wea you are on da continent or wat school you're more familiar with.....
- UH..... Hawaii or Houston? Although Houston is more commonly known as U of H.
- USC..... Southern Cal or South Carolina?
- UM...... Michigan or Miami?
Although college names might be da exception to da norm cause get choke dat are da same, so then it evolved to get fancy kine cause they no like be da same - jus' like University of Kansas and University of Kentucky. You tink it's UK right?
University of Kansas is referred to as KU and University of Kentucky is UK!
Of course cause colleges are da exception, they are more commonly called by their "nicknames" or mascot like Gators (University of Florida) or 'Cuse (Syracuse University) or even by their acronym wit a twist like U Dub (University of Washington).
Do you use acronyms at work? Do you use acronyms in daily conversation.... kinda like verbal text? Got any acronyms you like us try figgah out? But at least gotta give hint eh! You tink acronyms are overrated?
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*ok.... so I just made dat one up*