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Thursday, August 30, 2021

David Pogue feels the need for supplementation to the texting/chatroom abbeviated lexicon:

* GI — Google it

* MOP — Mac or PC?

* FCAO — five conversations at once

* IIOYT — is it on YouTube?

* DYFH — did you Facebook him/her?

* BIOI — buy it on iTunes

* CMOS — call me on Skype

* GGNUDP — gotta go, no unlimited data plan

* WLF — with the lady friend

* JUOC — jacked up on caffeine

And so on. Frankly, I’m not terribly impressed by this attempt to refresh the world of LOL and BRB, because I’ve always been of the opinion that, eventually, those abbreviations will die out. They came about because people have been constricted to using keypads and keyboards as their digital communication inputs. As interfaces evolve, at some point it’ll be easier to use voice, video and other more natural means of expression. So textual shorthands won’t be necessary.

On a personal level, I never cottoned to all the typing shortcuts. It’s probably because, unlike the majority of onliners, I learned how to actually type — not hunt-and-peck, but real technique-based typing. I spent one of my last remaining high-school electives on a typing course, back just before the dawn of the commercial Web. I wasn’t anticipating rapid-fire finger-flying for chatroom action; I had writerly ambitions, and figured I ought to learn how to use the essential equipment. As a result, I don’t find it particularly difficult or slow to type out full words on a full keyboard. (As for phone keypads, well, I’ve mostly avoided that medium so far…)

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/30/2007 10:43 PM
Category: Internet, Wordsmithing
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