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Backronomics

September 6, 2016

“Backronyms,” according to Steve Rushin in a recent issue of Sports Illustrated, are “retrofitting abbreviations and acronyms with new and often scurrilous definitions.”

I’m sure it’s a coincidence that the first two syllables of this new word, backronym, sound suspiciously like Back Row, as in Back Row of the church.

Mr. Rushin’s first examples of backronyms are saying that NFL stands for No Fun League or Not For Long.

He goes for an entire page of the magazine with funny ones mixed with other backronyms that made me stop and wonder about how we communicate in churches.

Are we really helping guests and new people feel at home when we invite them without further explanation to the FH with the UMW or the UMM?

He ends his column with this — “There’s a downside. Scientists say that texting may be rewiring our brains to value speed over accuracy. It helps to remember that brevity is not always the soul of wit, but often the last bastion of the meathead.”

I offer this simply FWIW.

 

 

 

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One Comment
  1. Not familiar with that acronym! I have a tendency, now that they go through, to send 2-4 page (out of the allowed seven) texts. I even include correct grammar when I can. This is one reason I don’t even try to twitter – I couldn’t say anything meaningful in 140 characters!!! I concur with his closing, “There’s a downside. Scientists say that texting may be rewiring our brains to value speed over accuracy. It helps to remember that brevity is not always the soul of wit, but often the last bastion of the meathead.”

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