Abbrevs swmp cmpsBy LEANNDRA PADGETT
I used to find great pleasure in thinking of clever abbrevs. (abbreviations) and joking about them with my cuzs Jacq and Whit (cousins Jacqui and Whitney). We were really good at thinking of short ways to communicate our feelings and thoughts. I think my attitude changed when the World Equestrian Games came to Ky. (Kentucky). Whenever I heard people refer to the Games as WEG, I threw up a little in my mouth. Something about that particular acronym diminishes the prestige and significance of the international event held in our backyard. But it’s whatevs (whatever). Omg (oh my gosh), my bffs (best friends forever) called it WEG all the time. Hearing that abbrev caused me to rethink other words in my vocab (vocabulary) and in the speech of my friends. I became agitated when hearing people refer to me as presh (precious), suggesting that I join them for a game of b-ball (basketball) in the Rec (recreational facilities), or warning me of situations that are extra sketch (sketchy).
I will be the first to admit that there are many acceptable occasions for shortening words. Abbreviations can be helpful, especially when taking notes, referring to organizations with unnecessarily long names or texting friends. Contractions are essential to everyday conversation. I couldn’t talk without them and don’t plan on trying. It wouldn’t be easy and won’t be attempted by me. I shan’t even think of the time that has been saved throughout life as people have smashed two words together into one.
Notice that with the exception of contractions, all of these uses have one thing in common: they are for written forms of communication. When certain abbreviations are used in everyday conversation, I find them unreasonably annoying. For instance, one day in the Caf (cafeteria) one of my friends mentioned something about his Music Appresh (appreciation) class. This abbrev was a new one to me, and my ears found it highly offensive.
Perhaps my discomfort with such shortened words is unreasonable. It is somewhat inconsistent. For instance, I enjoy utilizing phrases that I deem “country” or old-fashioned such as “ain’t, or “y’all” (the topic of country sayings might merit an article of its own). I think the difference lies in intention. It can be fun, as Jacq, Whit and I know, to speak in abbrevs. However, one shouldn’t talk as they text. There are legit (legitimate) uses for word shorteners, but today they are overused.
Many words common in the Eng (English) vocab are actually acronyms, a type of abbrev. e.g. (exempli gratia / for example) scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus), sonar (sound navigation ranging), and radar (radio detecting and ranging). Maybe some of the words that bother me now will someday be commonplace. I used to think that abbrevs were just used by teenagers and college students, but over lunch during Christmas break, I heard one of my friends’ grandfather use the word delish (delicious). He was totally serious and thought nothing of it. Apparently, this linguistic fad is cross-generational.
I respect many people who use abbrevs. I have already mentioned that some of my friends use them on a regular basis. Even my roomie (roommate) throws a couple of them around. They’re in the media too. In “Gulliver’s Travels,” Jack Black graced me with a new one when he said “condish” (condition). Apparently, this is something that is not going away anytime soon. It will just take some time for old fashioned people like me to get used to some of the new phrases. So talk as you will, but if you or the fam (family) speak to me in the Rec, Caf, Quad (quadrangle), etc. (et cetera), I’ll respond with a smile, but probably not an abbrev.
An Open Letter to Noisy PeopleBy AVA JORDAN
First, I would like to point out that I totally support rights to free speech and to get loud and crazy on occasion, but I am not addressing either of these topics. Instead, I address those people in the world who are perpetually noisy, no matter the situation in which they find themselves.
I recognize that in an environment like that provided by a residential college, there will always be plenty of people awake at strange hours and that people, by their very natures, do make noise. There is, however, a limit to how much noise I am willing to tolerate at any given moment, and some people, even those who know my limits, like to push those boundaries.
So, I hereby submit my request to all noisy people of the world to be more aware of the grimacing faces and sudden headaches that crop up around you and to lower the decibel level. You might find that you have more friends, or at least more friends who are willing to spend a great deal of time with you, and that your life will not be noticeably diminished by the lack of shouting. Your neighbors and throat will be grateful, I assure you.
“Baht” coming to campus
On Thursday, Jan. 27, “Baht” will be shown in ASC 112 at 6 p.m. It is a NEXUS event and the film’s director, Tony Anderson, will be present to lead a discussion of the film.
“Baht” is a short film about the story of a young girl who was abducted into the sex trades of Thailand and Cambodia. It reveals an underground industry that is still very prominent across the world and shows its effects on the souls it enslaves. Sex trafficking is modern-day slavery.
In Cambodia, and around the world, people are bought and sold as if they were a commodity. “Baht” is an attempt to expose this issue through telling a story, Sophea’s story. Sophea is a young woman fighting to put the pieces of her life together after being deceived by someone she trusted and forced into prostitution
GC’s Tiger Bands invite you to the Keep Us Grr…ing Dinner
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any Band Scholar or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Feb. 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Caf, Cralle Student Center
Dinner will include special audio and video retrospectives of Tiger Bands, remarks by special guests, and a performance of Grr… classics.
The dinner is part of the Tiger Band Challenge to raise $20,000 in eight weeks.
(Sigma Tau Delta)
LET’S DO IT!
A Valentine’s Day Literary
STD is now accepting submissions of poetry and prose about or vaguely related to love. Send questions or submissions to email@example.com