Sunday, May 14, 2017

183. On abbreviations

Abbreviations are very useful. They save time and space. Now-a-days when we are so busy watching TV, surfing Internet, sending out tweets and posting messages on FaceBook,where is the time to write full version? Twitter has put on us the constraint of characters and helped invent many more abbreviations which we otherwise may not have been able to think of. Necessity is the mother of invention.

Youngsters seem to particularly enjoy abbreviations. Everyday, they come up with new ones, primarily to take revenge on their ever-snooping elders.By the time the slow-learning elders are able to decipher the abbreviations, the youngsters are ready with fresh ammunition. This constant game keeps elders conscious of their limitations and puts them in their place.At this rate, the time may not be far when youngsters will speak a language totally different from that of elders. Then, elders will be speaking English(E) and youngsters English(Y), E and Y meaning Elders and Youngsters.

While some abbreviations sound good and are pleasing to ears even if their meaning is not clear, there is one which I find quite intimidating. On someone's death, everyone writers 'RIP'. Everyone wants to condole, but in abbreviation. Where is the time to write 'Rest in peace'? So many people are dying on social media everyday, we just cannot do without the abbreviation. 

Gone are the days when well-wishers used to make it a point to attend cremations.I can understand the anguish of Rishi Kapoor who recently lambasted young actors who could not find time to attend the funeral of Vinod Khanna. But youngsters have their own ways. 'RIP' on FaceBook or Twitter is good enough for many of them.

I am a bit old-fashioned.When someone writes 'RIP', I feel that my body is being ripped apart. RIP is the reason I am scared of dying.

1 comment:

How do we know said...

You are right sir. I don't like RIP either. In the last 2 years, I have understood the importance of really being there...