ACRONYMS (or acronumbs)

May 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

Every felt like there are a few too many cool little new “words”?  I actually grew up with them, because I was a military dependent.  Apparently the main origin of the acronym is simply situations in which there’s a need for real-time communication.  To boil it down, battle.  “WTF?” on a teletype is a lot faster than typing WHAT IS GOING ON or whatever (teletypes are caps, by the way).

 

When it gets to the point that there are a lot of identical acronyms (they come out with the same word from different origins), there is potential trouble.  I mean, if it’s a specific usage kind of thing (GMT is differentiated enough that I doubt there’s much misunderstanding between specification of a time zone and something that keeps track of it, and a really bad example) you’re probably okay.  Given time, dedication, concentration and utter stupidity, you can come out with something like…SPOT.

Earth Observation Satellite; PanAmSat Corporation (Pan American Satellite), SPOT satellite image file [bitmap graphics], Satellite Positioning and Tracking, Scientific Programmer’s Object Toolkit, Secure Payment For Online Transactions, Self Protection Option Tool, Sim Pon Obsessed Teens, Single Payment Option Trading, Single Point of Truth, Skillsets Priorities Objectives And Time, Smart Personal Object Technologies, Smart Personal Object Technology, Special Peinture Orange  TTnTrT, Stanford Pre Orientation  Trips.  The attribution here is non-specifically to Answers.com, although some other resources were used as well.  The list isn’t exhaustive.

 

By the way, I was looking for a definition from this an article from Techdirt (I can reference the current one, but not the one it referenced, and…well, I’m lazy.  Stupid.  That sort of thing.).  I’m pretty sure it would have been the Smart Personal Object trip, since it was about Microsoft abandoning an idea.  The actual reason I left this paragraph like this is to make a point; the internet as yet isn’t that good as a research tool unless you’ve got access to a database, and I’m not going to write my own cataloging tool at this age.  However, given the time it can yield fascinating results at random.

 

The point of all this is actually quite simple.  The over-use of acronyms is self-defeating.  They were meant to make communication more efficient.  If you have one word that means “I’m hungry” and “You’re beautiful” you may have a potential problem.  Random attempts to shorten language usage aren’t likely to work, main reason being that there’s so much inescapable judgment intrinsic to communication as we know it.  Expressionist painters are fine but when you want to have a teaching tool the ones who paint what they see do best.  When morality is taught on the basis of legacy and with most intrusion from the outside world being adjudged a violation of rights “error” [we’ll not go down that path just yet either] isn’t just likely, it will occur.

 

I should restate that.  Reality is basically currently centered on the family.  “What goes on in the family should stay inside the family” is the tacit statement, still, of the government of the United States at all levels.  Intervention is the exception not the rule.  Mind you, that’s not all bad, because the potential abuse of the power to train citizens from childhood is frightening to consider.  What can be abused will be.  Unfortunately, the consequence of the current construction is that some people are raised to be psychotic from childhood.  The definition of paranoia in a specific case must always first arise from an examination of all facts available.  The definition of terms by agreed assumption is the guarantee of error.

 

Where does this add?  It’s about to stop.  An acronym contains words, and as such quite often those words are rarely even accessed “consciously”.  What you don’t see you don’t examine, you don’t question.  Many of our daily definitions function on the level of acronyms; we don’t even notice, much less comprehend.

 

At least this, like the other writing, like the reading and thinking…helps distract from the pain.

–Glenn

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Language, stability, definition of terms and determination of social reality (toward a nodal analysis of modal construction) I HATE COMPUTERS

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