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) 😉
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! Maybe it’s just me 😉
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.
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