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The use of acronyms on Gransnet

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2old4hotpants Fri 12-Feb-16 12:39:23

I love Gransnet, and reading the forums every day. But what really irritates me is the constant use of acronyms. Why not just type daughter, grandson, mother-in-law etc? If we have time to read through the forums each day, surely we have time to enter the grammatical words? And why should they all be darlings? Use of the more obscure acronyms such as ICWYM, FWIW and SO mean I have to pause reading to work them out, or resort to looking them up on the list, which interrupts the flow of reading and absorbing the message.

Are we just jumping on the bandwagon of younger generations text-speak? We are not of their generation, our lives are not generally led at the same pace. Do others agree that text-speak is contributing to the damage of our language? I shall continue to make a stand when posting of using correct language as was taught to our generation. Of course this is only MHO, WDYT?

thatbags Fri 12-Feb-16 12:43:37

I used to have to pause and look some of the less obvious acronyms too, but now I've learned them, they don't bother me.

One doesn't have to put D for dear or darling in front of everything. I don't. If I mention my grandsons, I use GS.

thatbags Fri 12-Feb-16 12:43:50

look up

thatbags Fri 12-Feb-16 12:44:09

Urban Dictinary (online) is good.

thatbags Fri 12-Feb-16 12:44:28

grr! dictionary

thatbags Fri 12-Feb-16 12:45:50

No, I don't think text speak will damage the language. There are lots of occasions when writing really well matters. Online social forums aren't one of those. It's not an exam. We're not writing essays.

thatbags Fri 12-Feb-16 12:47:43

I think it's a case of applying my GS1's advice to his dad on one occasion: "Don't worry about it, dad; just go with it". GS was all of five years old at the time.

Leticia Fri 12-Feb-16 12:57:59

You don't have to use them. They are optional.

TerriBull Fri 12-Feb-16 13:15:27

I don't precede my husband, sons or grandchildren by a "d" not because they aren't dear or darling to me, but I find referring to them that way on a forum bordering on nauseating, but that's me, we are all different.

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 12-Feb-16 13:29:33

It's the Internet. Why should we be old fogie-like and not embrace it?

I like the D thing. For me it stands for Darling. smile

obieone Fri 12-Feb-16 13:30:23

I love the D. Softens everything.

Once you learn the acronyms, they are learnt.

NanaandGrampy Fri 12-Feb-16 13:35:26

can anyone shine a light on ND then please? It isn't in the FAQ and its been puzzling me ...New Daughter, Next Door, Nearly Daughter.......???

Elrel Fri 12-Feb-16 13:38:59

Dislike the American D, now only use it with irony!

Elrel Fri 12-Feb-16 13:40:17

GP can be confusing on medical threads when somone turns out to be talking about grandparents.

tanith Fri 12-Feb-16 13:40:18

If you are typing numerous posts and maybe on a few forums typing out the whole word where 2 or 3 letters will do makes sense to me. Especially if its a really long thread and there are a lot of posts to get through.
If you text a lot which I do then it makes the difference between a really short text or a great long one that takes an age to scroll and read .

tiredoldwoman Fri 12-Feb-16 13:42:11

Sorry , but I don't like them either ! I'm the old fogie that will continue use long hand but still happy to read forums .Each to their own !
ND - nearly dead ?

Alea Fri 12-Feb-16 13:52:09

Depends on the thread. I think ND is meant to be "nice daughter" as opposed to "estranged daughter," but I am happy to be corrected.

Indinana Fri 12-Feb-16 14:25:41

It might be Naughty daughter wink

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 12-Feb-16 14:28:02

I have never seen ND! Got to be a typo.

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 12-Feb-16 14:28:44

Ah! DN (round that way) would be darling niece.

Elegran Fri 12-Feb-16 14:29:51

I've seen it on a thread about estranged family members- the ND was the one who wasn't estranged.

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 12-Feb-16 14:32:17

Oh! 'Now daughter' perhaps. Or 'near daughter'? (Opposite of estranged)

NanaandGrampy Fri 12-Feb-16 14:37:22

I've seen it on the estranged threads ... I just couldn't work it out but maybe nice daughter? I'll ask next time

Elegran Fri 12-Feb-16 14:44:00

I think there were posts at one time about "nice daughter" and "nasty daughter" so it was probably one or other of those.

NanaandGrampy Fri 12-Feb-16 14:55:24

Crikey that's confusing then - could put a whole new slant on a conversation smile