Read This ASAP!

Isn’t it funny how people use their vocabulary sometimes?

Take the use of that dreaded acronym ASAP as an example. I get hundreds of emails from all sorts of people and some just love to use those four letters. It is my interpretation that ASAP comes across very rudely and abrupt when used in a demand. I do however recognise that a word is rarely written the same way as it is interpreted.

Here are some examples:

  • Please get it back to me ASAP!
  • Don’t hurry, but I expect it done ASAP. (works better followed by lots of !!!!!!!!!!!!)
  • Please advise me ASAP that you will email me a copy of your book! (because my PC doesn’t work properly and I can’t download it like the previous 30,000 people did) πŸ˜‰

LOL. Amazingly, if it was read “As Soon As Possible”, it immediately comes across much nicer but we tend to pronounce it ASAP, like it was it’s own word. It has become a new word that means: Drop everything now and obey my command, dammit!Β Maybe it’s just me πŸ˜‰

Then there are the positive meanings of using ASAP:

  • I’ll get back to you ASAP (meaning: I probably won’t)
  • Hm.. I’m sure there’s another example.

If you feel we need to change this, feel free to join the new AAAAAAA Society:
Australian Association Against Acronym And Abreviation Abuse

What are your favourite Acronyms? Please share in the comments.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer Β© 2004 – 2010

About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. NAPLAN: National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy

    Many would like to Napalm (aluminium salts of naphthenic and palmitic acids) NAPLAN at the moment!
    .-= John´s last blog ..In The Garden This Week of May =-.

  2. I love this acronym = IHFLA = I hate five letter acronyms.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..By: Wal =-.

  3. Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) always used to say “TTFN” – ta ta for now!
    LMAO πŸ™‚

  4. From my long ago teenage years – PPDBSBLEAGMG Please postie don’t be slow, be like Elvis and go man go.
    BTW I use ASAP very rarely, or Yota and Yang may give me a spank.

    Aviation is full of acronyms such as NDB non directional beacon; VOR visual omni range; DME distance measuring equipment; Meteorology has heaps too. CB cumulonimbus cloud;RX thunderstorm, and on and on.

    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..MY EIGHTH STEP TO PROSPERITY =-.

  5. FUBAR
    First heard it in the movie Tango & Cash with Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell.
    You either know what it is or you will have to see the movie. I’m not going to spell it out here. I know-killjoy : )
    .-= Julie Watson´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

  6. Agreed. If I do have to use ASAP, I tend to put it in lowercase ‘asap’ and hope that it comes across as a little more friendly. You can also soften the asap with preceeding and following words such as ‘I know you’re busy’ and ‘if you can’. Giving a time gauge is also helpful like ‘asap (over the next few days)’. The last thing we want to do is seem demanding and rub people up the wrong way.
    .-= David Moloney´s last blog ..Free Logo Design Brief: Download Yours Now =-.

  7. Many years ago when I first started in the real-time computer systems industry, I tried to learn what all the acronyms were for the various bits of computer hardware. When I asked one engineer what (for example) an IDD was he said “that box over there”. I persisted and said “yes, but what does it stand for?” He replied “who cares? IDD is it’s name and it’s that box over there”. It was actually an Interactive Digital Display but as that still didn’t mean much I just flashed up the IDD instead. Similarly IBM is IBM; what it stands for is almost irrelevant to what the company is or does today.
    So asap or ASAP or As Soon As Possible doesn’t bother me, it’s just a phrase to say Urgent. What does bother me is the the use of asap when it clearly (usually after dropping everything and attending to it) is not life-threateningly urgent as that just devalues the term and we then have to look for another phrase to get the message across that yes, this really is worth your time – in the writer’s opinion, of course.
    .-= Jon Bell´s last blog ..Barge Charge =-.

  8. It grates me when people actually say ASAP like it’s a word. I often get emails in my job from clients requesting drawings with “ASAP!” included, and it does give a sense of urgency. However when I read it as “As Soon As Possible”, I just respond when it’s convenient to me, and the urgency disappears – makes my life easier; not sure about the client’s though πŸ˜‰
    .-= Colin´s last blog ..Wealth and Success =-.

  9. I will definitely join the new AAAAAAA Society πŸ™‚

    I am not working with a lot of acronyms these days, but while still in the telecom industry you hardly at two sentences without them. What made me laugh is when I had to give a presentation about ATM – in that case meaning “asynchronous transfer mode”. But i found around 70 different “interpretations” of that acronym and took that as my starting page – we all had a good laugh. And it showed that you never should assume the other person has the same “translation” of your acronym …
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Self Improvement – 25 Self Motivation Quotes =-.

  10. One of my favorite acronyms is LMAO (laugh my ass off).
    Which in recent times has mutated into ROFLMAO (rolling on the floor laughing my ass off) πŸ™‚
    .-= Cade´s last blog ..Technical Analysis of Stock Trends #2 – Chart Overlays =-.

  11. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I’m kind of boring. I don’t use a whole lot of acronyms. It drives me crazy when my nieces and nephews text me stuff that’s more acronyms than it is actual words.

    But, WTF is one that I really dislike. I really wish it wasn’t ‘cool’ to use this phrase.

  12. Bank lingo is filled with them, too but they are never supposed to be used. I still pronounce mine as -A-S-A-P instead of A Sap as I find it’s softer that way.

    What I find terrible is that these acronyms are making their way into our dictionaries. Abbreviations such as LOL and BRB are not words and should never be classified as such. It’s no wonder our world is becoming illiterate.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..Live With Regis And Kelly in PEI!!! =-.

  13. One of my recent faves is ACCC – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

    I have used it for my own devices to form my own Community Group – Aspiring Comedians on the Central Coast or ACCC for short!

    Acronyms in my opinion are for our interpretation. I live by using life as my own funny interpretation!
    .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..How To Make Money Quickly =-.

  14. Hi Sean,
    I do take ASAP seriously and is why I chose this blog over others to respond to quickly, LOL.

    I agree with Jon that it would be a shame to misuse it as anything other than urgent or we may have to find something else to use in it’s place.

    My favourite acronym I like to use is UCLC, Upmart Common Law Course. I still like what may be the oldest acronym of all, S.W.A.L.K. Do we know any one that is older or more widely used in it’s time?

  15. Hi Sean,
    Newest one could be SRLaEC, Sean Rasmussen’s Learn and Earn Competition
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  16. The excessive use of ASAP has devalued it. Now you need to see ASAP !!!! to really think it’s urgent. Most people use it because they can’t wait rather then because it really is urgent.

    As for acronyms, I really enjoy using LOL – I use it in place of a “:)” as I find LOL quicker to type.
    .-= Tania Shipman´s last blog ..For a Few Dollars More Competition Rules =-.

  17. This thread had me LMAO – but WTF – BRB when I finish the webinar recording ASAP and will read more then BTW

  18. I use ASAP when dealing with banks or companies where I know will take their time with a reply just to hopefully get them to respond quicker. The only acronym I tend to use is lol occasionally other then that I don’t really know what most of them mean. (I’m just a simple country girl leading a simple country life)
    .-= Jackie Stenhouse´s last blog ..Falling Pregnant =-.

    • As an employee at a bank I can say the general rule is to respond to everything with prompt attention. No matter is the ASAP is there or not your request will be looked at in a timely manner. Not to mention, most everyone puts that on it so it does create a redundancy that adds nothing to the request.

      So please read this ASAP – most times you use this acronym is when others use it such it’s deem irrelevant.

      Sorry Jackie. This isn’t to say you can’t send a request with the best of intentions, a positive outlook and expecting a prompt reply, I’m just suggesting that your need is important to any financial institution (if it’s a reputable one) and you can save your fingers from the extra four letters. πŸ™‚
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..Kelly Moran Took Me On Summer’s Road =-.

  19. Like many ‘fads’ using acronyms such as ASAP become over familiar and tend to be overlooked eventually.

    In some cases, I think it downright rude to use ASAP – especially in business and communication with a merchant etc.

    In email marketing, it is an annoying ploy – trying to indicate a sense of urgency, when there is none.

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