There are more acronyms than ever, and they often change meaning or get confused with one another. That’s one of the reasons that I’m going to be doing my best not to use these acronyms. It makes life incredibly confusing when I have to look up acronyms in order to understand someone, and even then I’m unsure due to multiple possible meanings.
Another reason is that LOL in particular originated as an insincere statement. It was basically the equivalent of laughing in someone’s face, indicating you thought they were stupid or not funny. People take it more literally now, but the origin is still there. I’d hate for anyone to be used to the original meaning and take offense.
Overall, I want to try to use much less slang. It’s annoying and easily misunderstood by people. Acronyms are worse. I want to be a better speaker and writer. I want people to know what I’m saying. I also want to be taken seriously. It’s hard to take someone seriously when they post things like “IMO he wuz wasted and I LOLd, but he’s my BFF so I’ll BBIAB.”
There are times however when I want to express some emotion, so I will be doing things like *sighs* and *giggles*. You can’t mistake real words, and there was a time when people used asterisks for this very purpose. So I’ll go old-school, and make sure people know what I’m saying and feeling.
Are you tired of slang and internet acronyms? Do you try to be clear with your wording, even though it takes a few extra seconds to write or type that way?
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