The Kids These Days & Their Acronyms

randomlychad  —  May 26, 2012 — 6 Comments

The kids these days. They have an acronym for everything. Like DTR–“define the relationship.” Back in my day this was called having a “heart-to-heart,” or just, you know, talking.

We’d also never heard “public displays of affection” called PDA. If kids were sucking face, we just said “get a room.” And we said it to our parents, too. 😉

What I think it is, really, is that the pace of life was slower; as such, life was not “acronymmed” out the wazoo. We see it everywhere now: from the aforementioned examples, to “text speak.” Almost everyone seems to want to say as much as possible in the most abbreviated fashion possible.

We have become a culture of shortcuts, of acronyms. As someone who enjoys the: “taste,” sound, feel, structure, sight of words, this alarms me.

OTOH, I’m not opposed to acronyms, per se. When they are used well, and convey the most meaning. But there are so many these days, they’re becoming a cacophony.

In truth, there was only one acronym that dominated the landscape of my childhood; it wasn’t ROFL, IANAL, CUL8R. It was none of these.

No, it was one everyone heard of: AIDS.

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  • I can’t keep up with all the acronyms I hear. Some I know; others I have to look up on the internet to find out what the letters stand for. Several of the ones you’ve mentioned I’ve never even heard of. With acronyms and license plates, it’s a wonder that kids learn how to spell. But as one who loves words as well, it’s kind of sad to see the English language come to this.

    • Yeah--exactly. Which is why I was overjoyed when my son took Latin at school a couple years ago. I was hoping it would engender in him a love of language.

      For all that we’ve gained, I can’t help but feel we’re loading something, too. Perhaps too much.

  • It took me forever the other day when I first saw DTR to figure out what it meant. I used it as a shortcut in documentation in a job I had for daughter.

    • Me, too, Larry. I was like “digital television recorder?” That can’t be right.

  • Ricky Anderson

    IKWYM.