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abbreves... sweepin the naysh [Dec. 24th, 2008|02:21 am]
The title of this post is stolen from a Facebook group of the same name, which I joined sometime in the past year. We've all probably (usually ironically, sometimes just out of habit) used abbreves like totes, ridic, "the usu" (/youge/), and "what's the sitch" in the past couple of years, with this sense that, even though the act of abbreviating things has been around forever, abbreviating things comes from young people using the internet. Or just young people being young people. (We can remember people in the '90s referring to their "'rents" or saying that they were going on vaca.) Something that reminded me that abbreves are not just for teens and twentysomethings was a convo I had with my dad after his flight got in from Denver:

Jess: "Did they say why there were delays in Denver?"
Dad: "No, no, they didn't say. The weather was fine, there was no precip."
Me, to Jess: "Did you hear that abbreve??"
Dad: (stares at us)
Me: (to Dad) "Abbreves... sweepin' the naysh."
Dad: "... I see what you mean."

What struck me about his reaction was that it was basically saying, "yeah, I definitely see abbreves everywhere" and I'm sure he's never heard anyone say the word "obvi" or "deece" or "croosh". The professional world has been riddled with abbreves for decades. "Get that to me asap." "Check your schedj and let me know." Or even words like "admin", "fax", and "cell" (as in phone). Those are all totes abbreves. Go old people! They're just like us, except they're not laughing at themselves over their choice of lang. If I made a Facebook group called "Abbrs... sweeping the nation" (for celebrating old-timey abbreves), would you join?

Related materials:
Facebook - Abbreves... Sweepin the Naysh
The Onion - WaMu files for ChapLev
The Onion - Bro, You're a God Among Bros

[User Picture]From: juils
2008-12-24 02:06 pm (UTC)
It's funny you mentioned this now... Brian (RobertSledge on the .org!) just posted an entry with the title, "A simple error has become tradish," and I didn't blink at the abbreviation -- not to mention my last post with the "ktxbye" post-it. I like using abbreves ironically, but if someone uses "totes" or "ridic" around me and they seem earnest about it, I judge the crap out of them ;)
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[User Picture]From: terralthra
2008-12-24 07:15 pm (UTC)
Your dad seems rather awesome. =]
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[User Picture]From: talentedmrraber
2008-12-25 01:46 am (UTC)
The slang of yests probs seemed just as hilar to our rents as ours does to us. Imag how uproars it must have been to be saying things like "daddy-o"; none of them could have anticiped that they would one day be old foges... but that will one day be us. Abbreves: coming to a nursing home near you.
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[User Picture]From: ashleyisachild
2009-01-16 07:53 am (UTC)
double true, rabes.

ps. u win the internet w/ur yests, uproars, and foges. (fogues?)
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From: dustybooks
2008-12-27 08:36 pm (UTC)
ur so 4real it's ridic
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