Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Acronyms That Might Actually Be Useful

If you're like me, you've probably had your fill of acronyms that have sprung up in our text-happy society, However, some of them may actually serve a useful purpose. Recently, agent Rachelle Gardner had a post offering a number of suggestions for lightening the email glut we all seem to be facing on an increasing basis. Among the excellent recommendations were a couple she's adopted, and they involve acronyms added at the end of the subject line of an email.

If the question in the subject line stands on its own, with no explanatory text necessary, she adds EOM after it--"end of message." In other words, answer the question it asks and move on. That makes sense to me.

If the material sent is informational, and doesn't require a reply, she adds NNTR in the subject line: "no need to reply." This simple act should allow us to chuckle or scratch our heads, even frown over the information, then move on with our lives. No need to reply. Great concept.

Are there any acronyms you've found to be helpful? Pass 'em on. We can use all the help we can get. I look forward to reading them. Some might even cause me to LOL.

5 comments:

Deb said...

Isn't NNTR that public radio network (smirk)?

Some common ones my buddies and I use: BTW (by the way); NFPC (not for public consumption); HTH (hope this helps); IIRC (if I remember correctly); YMMV (your mileage may vary); IANAL (I am not a lawyer); and the ubiquitous, and in our chosen field of endeavor, frequently used OFPS (oh for pity's sake).

Richard Mabry said...

Deb, Love these, especially OFPS. And isn't it interesting that the acronym for I am not a lawyer is really two words (I'll let my readers figure it out--Jim Bell, nothing personal in this).

Carrie Padgett said...

A common one in our family is DKDC. "Don't Know, Don't Care." Most often used when the question is something like, "Is Lindsay Lohan off house arrest?" or "Who do you think Pastor's sermon was aimed at?" ;-)

Richard Mabry said...

Wow, Carrie. I'm learning lots of useful acronyms. Thanks for sharing this one.
I think I'm going to start using IHTCC--I hate the Captcha characters.

Deb said...

Oh, I forgot to add TMI -- my daughter's take on when I go on and on about things writers care about. "TMI!" she says. "Too Much Information!"