From: Marion Gunn (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Oct 26 2007 - 08:00:18 CDT
Thanks for your Smiley, James - am glad someone picked up humour
pointers, such as the longest sentence I have ever posted (to this
list) and the ref. to more time on computers than is healthy
(unavoidable in our jobs).
If I were to make a real point about acronyms/abbreviations, it would
be to celebrate the rise of alternatives, such as the punctuation-
based smiley and number-based shorthand such as +1 (assent) and -1
(dissent) and the like, because such are equally clear (unambiguous)
in any language and offend nobody.
On 24 Oct 2007, at 05:05, scríobh James Kass:
> On 24 Oct 2007, at 05:05, James Kass wrote:
> Marion Gunn wrote,
>> On the plus side, Philippe, you may safely take the explosion of
>> English-based acronyms as a sure indicator of the growing number of
>> monoglot English speaker so scared that their language is becoming
>> international (not just theirs to use, but everybody's, especially in
>> the case of those of them who still harbour a genuine horror of
>> polyglots, which we must respect as real fear to them), that they
>> feel a genuine need to club together behind acronyms and the like,
>> which is silly in the extreme, but please accept it may be better for
>> your sanity to see that as being really more their problem than
>> yours, as they clearly must spend more time on computers than is
>> healthy for any brain.:-)
> Couple thoughts, or so.
> That is a very long sentence.
> Even though there are dedicated Unicode characters (☺,☻) for
> the "smiley", most people still use the ASCII approximation.
> Is the stereotype of the provincial English speaker who expects
> everyone in the whole world to learn English now being replaced
> by a group fear that the whole world will?
> Most of these "shorthand" items are technically abbreviations
> rather than acronyms. (Yes, it's a nit-pick, but this *is* a
> technical list. <smile>)
> Best regards,
> James Kass
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