(I'll warn you. This is a shower post. It was brilliant. Let's see where it stands now.)
Alternative subject: Really? How hard is it to type?
I don't like it when I'm reading something and it makes me think.
Well, to be clear, I don't like it when I'm reading something and it makes me have to think about what the author is saying.
Wait. Still not right.
I don't like it when I am reading something and I have to have the urban dictionary or a glossary or a texting acronym book to figure out WHAT the author is LITERALLY writing.
I don't mind thinking ABOUT what the author is writing about, but I'd like to easily understand what that is by reading words I understand rather than try and decode their missives.
I deliberately chose NOT to become a decoder for the CIA.
(Well, no, I didn't choose that. Suggesting I "chose" it presumes that I had an opportunity to do so, and we'll never know about that... BUT, I'm sure if I CHOSE to be a CIA decoder, they would have made me an offer. Right? Right.)
I was reading a blog last night, and the blogger wrote about how she and her DH went and did something. Now I don't know about you, but I don't know that many women who walk around with a designated hitter. Because that's where MY mind goes to when I see the words "DH".
Now, last night, I admit, I wasn't that confused. It wasn't the first time that I'd seen "DH" or other derivations "XDH, DGF, XDGF", etc. But it is still a new enough term for me that it interrupts my reading experience as I try to understand what it is that she wrote.
So this morning, as I'm lathering up, I am wondering just how hard it is to type the words "dear husband". Is it really so hard?
Now I do have some understanding that we live in a world that limits our characters - texts, tweets, and at one time FB, and so we have to find ways to abbreviate. And I know that abbreviations are NOT a new thing. I can imagine, for example, (i.e., eg:) that the first folks who saw "etc" had to take a moment to think "Oh, etcetera!"
Now, I admit that I feel when I write something like this that I must have become a curmudgeon when I wasn't looking. I had to look twice in the mirror after I stepped out of the shower to confirm I am not a curmudgeon. (I don't think I look like one?)
I am sophisticated enough to understand LOL, LMAO, etc.
But I do find myself sometimes reading TFLN and having to reference the urban dictionary to understand it. I still enjoy it. But I feel old when I don't get it right away.
Part of the problem is that I am a skilled typer. It takes me LONGER to reduce and abbreviate and think about the abbreviation than it does for me to type the full expression. I have been typing for 75% of my life and began typing on a real typewriter. I type faster than the average bear. (Okay, well, that image probably doesn't help you understand how fast I type... since I don't think Yogi really does have the dexterity to type very quickly or very well)
And I am tech-savvy. I have owned Blackberries, Palm Pilots, and iPhones. I can type on those keyboards fairly quickly, too.
I have had friends get frustrated in chatting with me online because they feel like they can't get a word in edge-wise. By the time they finish writing "Yes, I did" I've moved on three or four more topics. And then I don't know what their "Yes, I did" referred to, and I've really messed up the conversation.
No wonder they abbreviate.