POTW: Internet Abbreviations

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The Peeve Of The Week (POTW) is an occasional feature on Slope which allows me to (a) gripe about something which bugs me, whether justified or not (b) put up a post when there's nothing in particular I want to say about the market. In spite of its moniker, the POTW may or may not shown up weekly. In any event, here's a new entry:

As I am inclined to mention from time to time, I've been online a very long time. I got my first modem in 1981 and have never really been offline since then. Just to drive the point to the obnoxious level, I wrote my first book – when I was all of 16 years old – about how computer communications would change the world (it was called, appropriately, The World Connection).

Given this background, I feel I have some say-so in the following matter: I cannot stand how people use initials and acronyms as a shorthand of sorts on the Internet in a desperate attempt to look cool. You know what I'm talking about – stuff like LOL, IMHO, ROFL, and so forth. Even as a youngster, I thought such things were ridiculous, but now – decades later – I find them strangle-worthy.

Let me let you in on a little secret…..if you find yourself using "U" for you, "R" for are, "LOL" for laughing out loud, etc. you are not demonstrating yourself to be a cool person. On the contrary, you are trumpeting to the world that you are a lame wannabe and, in all likelihood, an incurable putz. Please don't do this. Use normal English. The world will love you a little better for it.



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