Friday, April 1, 2016

Always with the Acronyms

Here I am again. I just kind of leaped into this without a plan.
I am good at that.

I thought my A post should be Ankylosing Spondylitis or A.S.
That is inflammatory arthritis that affects the back as well as hips, knees, heels, etc. And also can damage heart, eyes, and lungs and fusing of back and hips can occur.

But, as I am still in denial, I am writing on another topic.

The beloved ACRONYM.

They are everywhere.

Not so much when I was younger. The military has always liked acronyms, but the general population really didn't use many.

An acronym is a group of the letters that stand for something.

We had BFE- Bumfuck Egypt which means being in the middle of nowhere.
We also had FUBAR- Fucked up beyond all recognition.

The acronym has a life of it's own these days.
Known as geek speak, text talk, or internet slang.

I admit to searching for some of these.
Some I can figure out by context.
Does FTW mean for the win here or fuck the world?
Are you playing soccer or having a bad day?

Maybe if you are Monsanto fucking the world means you are winning?

I kept seeing AF. Had to look that one up.
The band AFI means A Fire Inside, I knew that.
As fuck, really?

Does it seem to you that a lot of these have F as a bad word?
WTF is going on here?
OMG, do you think that is why all the acronyms? So people can say naughty words without saying naughty words?

I just have no words.


21 comments:

  1. In my work as a medical transcriptionist, there are a lot of acronyms out there in the medical field. I like some of the military ones better myself.

    betty

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    1. Betty, I don't know a lot of the medical ones. I have often wondered about PRN meaning as needed.

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    2. The world of the military acronym was my world for over twenty years. I used to make fun (yeah, I know you're shocked) of the Navy's use of them, saying they came out of the BNA (i.e., "Bureau of naval Acronyms).

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    3. I spent 8 years in the Navy also and never heard of the BNA - but I can 110% understand! It was one of those "Oh I shoulda known" moments!

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    4. Al, I think you talked about acronyms in your Not Just a Job book. Lisa, I have those moments all the time.

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  2. There are so many now. Fubar I've used a time or ten. What is pathetic is when people spell them out as they talk.

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    1. Pat, I don't understand the spelling out that. That does remind me of my when my daughter was in school. Her school hashtagged something. But instead of using the hashtag, the spelled out the word hashtag.

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  3. hey ruth! sorry you have been having aches and pains---I have been using Tylenol and my heating pad way too much lately too!

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    1. Lynn, my meloxicam sees me through. I'd like to get off it permanently though. With warmer weather coming, I hope you will be feeling better. Nice to see you.

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  4. I never know what they mean. Can you explain >3 to me or something like that. LOL
    Happy A to Zing


    Thank you for posting for the A to Z! Ninga Minion @YolandaRenee from
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    1. Yolanda, the <3 stands for a heart.

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    2. Thank you! I knew it'd be that simple. LOL

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  5. I think you're on to something...people just don't want to say the dreaded "F" word. The only problem is that, sometimes, people have no clue what the acronym actually stands for.
    For instance, I had to explain what "MOFO meant to a coworker last night.
    Since I'm sure most everyone else knows what it means, I won't go further.
    NOTE: For the record, the "F" word is NOT "firetruck."

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    1. Al, I am sure my mother doesn't know what mofo means and I never plan to enlighten her. The F word is her most hated word.

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  6. WTF - is my fav - though some of those others have just made my list of must use. Great start to the Challenge. I love how you just jump in and go FTW (hahaha) gotta love those acronyms.

    See you at B... BTW, I think a post on AS would've be interesting too. Sorry you're in denial - hopefully my posts will help unravel a few mysteries this month. I've got some pretty big surprises waiting.

    Cheers, Jenny
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    1. Jenny, I never thought I would be in denial over something like this. I have talked to people that are in seriously bad shape and fused and all that and I just don't see myself getting to that point ever. But, not smoking helps and some people deal better than others.
      Diet does help.

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  7. I am so bad with these that it took me a while to know what LOL meant-hahahaaa I laugh because AFI means American Film Institute to me:) Gievn my pain (Ehlers-Danlos type 3) there is nothing but tylenol out there and it has been a bad time due to the weather. My hubby is on Meloxicam plus Orencia for his RA (heheheeee-I had to use that here)

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    1. Birgit,yes it does. So many acronyms have different meanings. CIA is more than just spying. It's also the Culinary Institute of America.
      We should all start a chronic illness club. I am just on meloxicam. He tried me on something stronger, but the side effects weren't kind. He mentioned more eye flares could mean trying an RA med which I am guessing would be a DMARD.

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  8. Great post, DILLIGAF? Well, I do. I am happy I read your post! Good luck with B-Z.

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    1. Tesstimoan, I visited your blog, but had problems commenting.

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  9. Tesstimoan, I am glad that you do. Thanks! You too.

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