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December 14, 2009 in Communication | Tags: Abbreviation, Annoy, Characters, Communication, Credibility, English, Etiquette, Facebook, Hurry, Information, Lazy, Messages, Rule, Status Updates, TFLN, Twitter | Leave a comment
There is a time and a place for abbreviations. Sometimes, abbrev’s are funny, other times they’re convenient. However, usually they are annoying, unnecessary and insincere. Abbreviating a post or a text when you are nowhere near the word limit is pure laziness.
Some of my biggest pet peeves are the most commonly used abbreviations…
- Thx: You really seem thankful. (Note the facetious tone in my voice.)
- Sry: I do not forgive you. I would rather you throw dirt in my face.
- Pls: The answer is no. Do not bother asking again.
- Xmas: No comment.
- Luv: Thanks for demonstrating your undying passion. I probably love you less after receiving this.
When a message is getting to its limit, the first change you should make is to eliminate unnecessary words, then switch and’s to &’s. If it is still multiple characters over, and the information is important, send two messages.