Is it me, or is everyone else speaking in abbreviations these days?
I can cope with the ones on knitting patterns - although I remember one Christmas when Mum dropped hers on the fire and burned the corner. Dad and my Uncle tried to recreate the missing part – but got unstuck with “dec 1 st” which they translated as ‘December First’ ! [good list here]
I know that for years those in the Antipodes have been fond of reducing their language to the bare minimum. Check here for examples such as arvo, barbie and sanger. I have twelve cousins in Perth – is that '’a doz cuz in Oz’ do you think?
Then the advent of mobile phones meant we got text-speak [list here] which started about twenty years ago.Well, IMHO, text messages should be spelled and punctuated correctly. But I’m middle-aged and fussy!
But the one that is annoying me most of late is this reduction of people’s names. Your name is important- and I really find myself irritated by references to Lindsay Lohan as LinLo [better than LiLo I suppose – which reminds me of Lilo Lil in the old TV series ‘Bread’!]
Jennifer Lopez is reduced to J-Lo, and Susan Boyle is SuBo
And the wife of our prime minister is frequently called SamCam
…and that makes me think of the “JamCam” that they refer to on the BBC when they are giving travel news.
Perhaps I am just getting too picky because my name does not lend itself to this treatment. I should hate anyone to think I was AnAl!!