Shorthand Words to Eliminate From our Vocabulary…Now
I’m a writer. I like words. I also hate words. What people say in daily conversation rarely makes sense on paper. Using acronyms and emoticons are infuriating—especially to an editor.
Here’s an example: I teach undergraduate journalism courses at a couple of universities in the area. I once had a student hand write me a note and used a colon and parentheses to create a smiley face at the end of her letter. How did shorthand typing evolve into writing?
Another pet peeve of mine is when I get emails (usually from college students looking for an internship) using strange shorthand and emoticons. Talk about unprofessional!
I recently wrote a post listing words that should be banned in 2012. I’ve found en even better list on PR Daily by Arik Hanson on 28 shorthand words to eliminate from our lexicon forever. I had to share—and add my own two cents of course!
“29 terms we obvi need to totes elims from our lexi forevs.”
Did you understand that? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
I know we’re turning into a texting culture full of shortened and unintelligible words. But we’re destroying our language. At some point, we need to draw a line in the sand. Today’s the day. —PR Daily
- Totes: Shorthand for “totally” which should have stayed in the 80s where it belonged in the first place.
- Tweeps: A conjunction formed from Twitter and Peeps, which is shorthand for people.
- Jelly: Short for jealous. I have never heard this one before—and I hope I never do.
- Obvi: Meaning obviously.
- Ridic: Meaning ridiculous.
- Vacay: If you are going on a vacation, just say it.
- Adorbs: The full word, adorable, is so much nicer. And the omitance of three measly letters is just ridic.
- Twitterview: A Twitter interview. Can that even be worth it?
- Twesume: Sounds like something Tweetie Bird would have.
- Tweetheart: If you have a tweetheart, I feel like you should get off of your mobile device right now and make a real friend.
- Twinkedin: You met someone on Twitter and connected with them on LinkedIn.
- Noms: Urban Dictionary says this word in an expression of eating or the sound of someone eating. Gross.
- Amazeballs: Amazing made the last list of words that should be banned in 2012. Clearly it had to be expanded upon.
- For realz: Really?
- Awesomesauce: My husband uses this word a lot. I can’t wait to tell him it’s been banned in our house.
- Coinkydink: This word is still being used in place of coincidence? The last person I heard say it was my grandmother, 14 years ago.
- Tradigital: Refers to art that combines both traditional and computer-based techniques. Sounds awesomesauce to me!
- Yummers: The same person that uses this word also uses ridic, obvi, and adorbs. Slap them in the face next time.
- Stabby: Again, I had to turn to Urban Dictionary for this one. It means the feeling someone has when they are in a particularly bad mood and feeling hostile—usually due to stress. I feel stabby a lot. I think I’m actually going to start using this one…
- FTW: Are people still this angry?
- FML: Again….so angry.
- BRB: Be right back.
- LMAO: I’d like to combine this with LOL…is that really what you’re doing on the other side of the computer? Prove it…
Other terms that just need to go away
- Guru: I have never met a guru in real life. Do they exist?
- Maven: This word is totes overused. It’s becoming a cliché.
- Justsayin: This is a popular hashtag on Twitter and I don’t really get it.
- Fail: Another popular hashtag. Does anyone really look these hashtags up?
- Epic: The new amazing. Combine it with Fail and you have a real couple of losers.
Now it’s your turn. What words do you want to add to this list? I know you have some tucked away in your brain…we want to know what they are so leave a comment. We promise we’ll work on eradicating them from our vocabulary.