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Acronyms are aggravating!

(101 Posts)
Espana Sat 16-Jan-21 14:59:51

AIBU in thinking acronyms are irritating and can be counter productive. It may save the poster from a few moments typing but it can cause the reader to take more than those few moments to figure out what the hell is being said. Just spent time wondering what OH was. Turns out it was other half!

B9exchange Sat 16-Jan-21 15:02:40

And yet you started off your post with an acronym? grin confused

Curlywhirly Sat 16-Jan-21 15:04:50

I totally agree! I would far rather the words were written in full as I find the majority of acronyms spoil the flow of the sentence.

Espana Sat 16-Jan-21 15:07:54

Thanks B9 exchange - well and truly trounced! ?

Esspee Sat 16-Jan-21 15:11:16

I’ll be pedantic and say they are mostly abbreviations not acronyms. (GNHQ have it wrong)

kittylester Sat 16-Jan-21 15:11:43

Well, you know what OH means now.

Oopsadaisy1 Sat 16-Jan-21 15:14:39

You don’t have to spend time thinking about it, just click on the incorrectly named Anacronyms at the top of the page.

Oopsadaisy1 Sat 16-Jan-21 15:15:25

Sorry it put an An in front of Acronyms, keyboard is unable to spell today

BlueBelle Sat 16-Jan-21 15:15:28

I ve said my piece in many threads about this in my opinion its lazy, meaningless ( the silly silly darling, dearest bit) it takes two seconds longer to write the word out and the same people will complain about young people not spelling correctly or using txt speak
If like me you don’t like it and it annoys you DONT do it

Espana Sat 16-Jan-21 15:22:50

Sorry Bluebell have missed your posts on the matter. I certainly WON’T do it.

TerriBull Sat 16-Jan-21 15:23:47

I don't like the darling, dearest bit either! seems quite unnecessary to me.

I was over on MN a while back on a thread where the poster kept referring to her LO, couldn't for the life of me work out what this "LO" was clearly very important in her life, then it all became clear "little one" (bit twee in my opinion, two words when one will do, baby, toddler, child hmm I guess we are all different!

honeyrose Sat 16-Jan-21 15:30:28

Sorry - but what is the dearest, darling bit? A couple of you have mentioned it.

Casdon Sat 16-Jan-21 15:44:31

I thought you meant something quite different when I read the title - is it just me that finds it annoying that on the Gransnet homepage the Acronyms link is immediately below the Active Posts link, and I keep on clicking on the Acronyms link by mistake - very irritating.

TerriBull Sat 16-Jan-21 15:46:33

DH, DC, darling/dearest husband, darling/dearest child.

BlueBelle Sat 16-Jan-21 15:48:48

honeyrose a lot of people write DD or DS or DDIL which amounts to dear daughter, dear son or dear daughter in law or it could be darling daughter etc or even dismal, dratted whateve4 the poster has in their mind but for us readers to work out for ourselves by the sense of the post

BlueBelle Sat 16-Jan-21 15:49:17

Sorry terribull crossed posts

FannyCornforth Sat 16-Jan-21 15:53:50

I think that the D thing is quite funny and sweet.
I always make a point of typing Ddog, Dcat even Dnewt once.
I can absolutely see why others find it annoying though.
Each to their Down.

TerriBull Sat 16-Jan-21 15:58:47

Yes Bluebell agree when it comes to in laws it gets even more preposterous.

Callistemon Sat 16-Jan-21 16:06:22

What does AIBU mean, please?

Mollygo Sat 16-Jan-21 16:09:17

FC, once I’d mastered what the DD, DGS etc. meant, I like using them. I’m fascinated by your Dnewt, but you do realise that I’ll never again see the word Down without mentally checking the context!gringringrin

Galaxy Sat 16-Jan-21 16:10:39

It's a community thing.

cornishpatsy Sat 16-Jan-21 16:12:31

I do not read the posts full of acronyms and the D is particularly irritating.

Shinamae Sat 16-Jan-21 16:13:29

I don’t like it......

BlueBelle Sat 16-Jan-21 16:14:20

Well it doesn’t make me feel part of a community ? it’s much more likely to make you feel left out if you don’t ‘get it’
To me it feels like ‘They do it on mumsnet so we must be ‘with it’ and do it on here’
Anyway each to their own I ll keep writing long hand and asking when I don’t understand

Jaxjacky Sat 16-Jan-21 16:17:46

Callistemon Am I being unreasonable. ?