Sunday, July 15, 2012
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Is it any wonder why we have such a hostile society today? That shall be addressed l8r.
There are approximately 171,400 words in the Oxford English dictionary. 46,000 of which are obsolete. Leaving 125,000 for general usage. However we know that the average vocabulary is lucky if it hits 25 or 30 thousand. But like yesterdays' fashion trend of wearing spats, words fall out of grace. How "retro" I believe is the latest term. Aside from obsolescence we have the latest trend of cramming ever more verbiage into the limiting confines of cyberspace. Slicing and dicing the language is nothing new for it goes back to ancient times when free expression could land your head at the end of a pike. But does all the mincing of language make for better communications? Granted it's time and space saving but easily misunderstood. A recent check of the innertubes reveals that there are 600,000 text abbreviations. If that's not a recipe for disaster I don't know what is. You can note that much of today's text has more to do with explaining the first misinterpreted text than a continuation of the dialogue.
It seems we are never satisfied with some simple explanation of a process or organizational name but must add some catchy tech talk or cute acronym. Pick any profession or organization and you'll find we're all guilty. When a garbage man (person) becomes a sanitary engineer we know the extremes have been met. I found this truly infuriating when taking a weatherization course. I believe they call it weatherproofing in other countries just so you won't be confused. At any rate a process, which any trained monkey could accomplish, was raised to the level of rocket science by the mere requirement of learning the tech talk. How friggin complicated is it to calk a window or install insulation? But I guess the higher powers had to justify the expense and confuse the customer in the process.
Now if you really want a prime example of neatcy cutecy acronyms and abbreviations look no further than our government. Just type in "Department of" and see what comes up. Making one wonder if they do anything at all considering we may not know what they do in the first place. Kafka would have better luck making it through this maze. And just how do they justify their existence when their purpose is so vague? Why with tech speak, acronyms and abbreviations of course. And if someone would catch on to the ploy then it's time for an update. Can't have the commoners actually understand what you're doing now, they might realize they could do it themselves and where's the profit in that?
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