Acronyms

Why I'm Giving Up Emoticons for New Year

Sal Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Sal Thomas

I think I hate net speak. Text emoticons. Reductionist acronyms. Lazy abbreviations. Smiley faces. I want to kill them all. Or should that be slash slash backslash them right up their colons?

ATM I'm OBVS ROFL... OMG LOL

Bill Bailey | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Bill Bailey

There are a number of acronyms in existence that have been used in the English language for hundreds of years, and all have been abbreviated for a good reason, because they were in another language to begin with. However the acronyms of today differ entirely. They have been created purely for convenience, and they do nothing but promote laziness in written and sometimes spoken English. 'ATM', we're well and truly in an age of 'LOLing', 'OMGing' and 'ROFLing'. However, since when has it become acceptable to communicate like this, rather than using good, old-fashioned, full length words?