Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community, on May 16, 2008 at 7:24 am
In the former Silicon Valley, from my origins there in 1968, acronyms were the language. Scientist and engineers used acronyms to the point that their articles and presentations were completely lacking meaning withot a glossary. Even worse, acronyms had a sequence of meanings that changed with the rapid evolution and revolution of technologies.
Important to your consideration of TEXTING is the reality that very well educated individuals have allowed acronyms to defeat meaning in formal publication and, now, in their adoption of TEXTING.
Two things changed that reality in the former Silicon Valley, 1) technology evolution/revolution moved to Asia, and 2) the south bay area has become corporate headquarters for financial communication. Acronyms now in the valley are related to balance sheets and operating statements. And like high schools, blackberry's are busy sending acronyms back and forth in social text messages.
I, personally, do not respond to text messages. I call the individual, ask them to explain the answers they need, and then provide them a defined e-mail without acronyms.
My former business associate, Vince Kreigher, has taken a different approach. He has taken acronyms used in texting and applied new words and definition to each. IMHO means he is considering butter or margarine on his toast and not the impossibility of his humble opinion.