abbreviating nothing

25Oct05

i am officially old. i still think that people use abbreviations to type or say less. i was wrong. for the longest time, im and text kiddies abbreviated what the fuck as WTF. only now apparently wtf is no longer something you type to save time or effort anymore. you type it to mean what the fuck. only since wtf is so short and difficult to emphasize, it has been re-expanded – not as what the fuck, but as whiskey tango foxtrot, which is really just WTF in WW2 call signs. is this weird to anyone but me? i mean i like it, it’s innovative repurposing of jargon for it’s original purpose – as an exclamation. but, i think i might officially be over the hill.

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