OMG…GFC…WTF? When acronyms drive you nuts…

26 03 2009

I’ve never been a fan of acronyms, although I know they have their uses.

Like saying ICB instead of Inner City Bypass. Or not having to write out the full name of a company every time you refer to them in an article. Or using PMP instead of ‘project management plan’, and HR instead of Human Resources, and compressing six word government department names…and… well, the list goes on.

Which brings me to the GFC. Now there’s an acronymn that’s sure to raise your anxiety levels. It’s also a sign that this financial crisis is very serious.

I’m old enough to have lived through some nasty financial dips, but you know they’re really bad when people start using acronyms – and delivering them in hushed tones, with pale, anxious faces.

And you try not to let it get to you… think positive, stay focused. Tell yourself we’ve become a bit soft, coddled by our affluence. That all over the world, people are displaced and made destitute by natural disasters, war, and human greed.

And for a moment, you count your blessings and you know that whatever life throws at you, you’ll handle it.

Then you turn on the radio to listen to some upbeat music… and some commentator starts prattling on about the GFC.

I just wish it was as easy to turn off the GFC as it is to turn off the radio.

 

elle x

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3 responses

26 03 2009
Emma Newman

I’m torn between staying informed and staying sane. But then I realise that journalists have an agenda, and in the UK that seems to be to talk / scare us into a deeper recession. Yes, things are bad, but the way they talk, it’s like they are revelling in the drama, rather than saying anything useful.

My father used to be in the Royal Navy and you would have hated going to the social functions – acronyms flying everywhere! “I saw the CO last night about STS.” “Yeah? What did the SERVO say?” ARG! SOAB…..

26 03 2009
Elle

hehe I agree. DDD (death, doom, disaster) and TTT (tears, trauma, tragedy) are a journo’s lifeblood… I just wish they’d talk about something else…aaaagh!

Speaking of those SOAB. Maybe the Navy and the research community could go head to head on acronyms? I had to rewrite a media release once that had about three acronyms per sentence. It took me hours to decode it. Joy!

1 10 2009
Louise

Here’s a good reason to be conscious of acronyms – it might say more about your business than you want it to! http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/wtf-we-have-to-change-our-name-20091001-gdk8.html

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