It’s just ADIP (another day in paradise) in the credit union industry. Let’s step AFK (away from keyboard) to dig deep into abbreviations and their history. Let’s give a round of applause (ROA) to Samuel Morse and a few other fellow inventors who developed the telegraph in the 1830s and 1840s. In 1844, Samuel Morse sent out the very first telegraph message from Washington D.C. to Baltimore Maryland stating, “WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT?” Then in 1966, a telegraph line was laid across from the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. This was the first device that sparked interest and created ideas for future inventions.
Now let’s make it more interesting. Abbreviation isn’t new. In fact, in theory, the hieroglyphics represent a very early human form of abbreviation. More recently in time, abbreviations became integrated into our culture by way of Morse code, which Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail came up with. Morse code is a system of dots and dashes to represent letters and numbers; that being said, Morse code has its short forms and abbreviations to get messages across. In today’s world, there are still many people who rely on the coding to find their way through buildings, elevators, menus, and so on. Now you can go online and figure out what all abbreviations really mean. Let’s forget work acronyms disguised as abbreviations such as FCU (Federal Credit Union), NCUA (National Credit Union Administration), CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ), and CU (credit union).
With the coding came abbreviations.
Now, with abbreviations being used for coding, many people caught on and started using it as a way of lingo. Looking back at our past, it’s kind of sad thinking of all the different ways we communicate with our friends and family. In the past looking through yellow pages, writing down contacts in our phone book, memorizing phone numbers to dial it through our land-lines was hip and now our advanced technology can perform many tasks at the palm of our hands. Abbreviations were more common such as A.S.A.P. (as soon as possible), misc. (miscellaneous), R.S.V.P. (for please reply), states NY (New York) or even months of the year Oct (October), and more. Then texting became the norm and our fingers wanted to type less LOL (laugh out loud). With how fast technological advancing has occurred, the ability to perform any “impossible” tasks are now possible with NP (no problem).
So, why is abbrev. annoying?
Meals, conversation, sleep, exercise, speech, and perhaps even quality time... all abbreviated. Not abbreviated: the time in between paychecks, the dentist, commercials, phone charging, freeway time, winning the lotto and, fortunately, weekends. Let me give you an example of a few more abbreviations now more commonly known from the HuffPost: TBH (To Be Honest), RT (Retweet), IMO or IMHO (In My (Humble) Opinion), SMH (Shaking My Head), LMK (Let Me Know), WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday), FBF (Flash Back Friday).
It’s sad how many people these days are caught up in “okay, what’s next?” or “‘what other time works for you?” not realizing that we don’t have to live our lives in the fast lane. Life abbreviated can be used as a term, but in reality, it has started to become a new way of life, affecting communication and reactions.
Now, let’s imagine this: You are a teacher, and you’re reading hundreds of your students’ essays. What do you think would be the number one issue? ABBREVIATIONS and GRAMMAR (of course). Today’s generation, particularly, is so used to using abbreviations when texting, that students don’t notice they are writing them on their homework and essays. Since texting has also evolved, abbreviating words to get a message across has become the new “norm.” This also included using hashtags to share an emotion or share a moment. It is as if living inside a hashtag world. Today’s emphasis on abbreviation is probably greater than most even realize. All day, every day, it’s all about lessening. The time it takes, the numbers needed, the words to describe... all effort is on making them less. Even though people say it’s faster than typing up the whole word, in reality, you are setting your mind up to not focus on the words and failing to realize that this is becoming problematic. I can’t tell you the many times my professor would remind us not to abbreviate our words in our essays. I never understood what they meant until I read the homework responses from a younger person. WHAT IN THE WORLD? Oh sorry… I meant to say WITW (what in the world?).
4COL (for crying out loud, we will BRB (be right back)! We just need to go LOL (laugh out loud) at all the people who still use the actual words.
Not only has society become a “norm” in having a lot of wording abbreviated, but now many companies are doing the same. Take credit unions, for example. There are many credit unions that go by their abbreviated name rather than their actual name due to making it easier on the member to pronounce. They also may do that in case the credit union’s name is too long, because they want to create a fresh new look, or they want an acronym that members can remember and recognize. Another reason is that many credit unions promote their business by creating ads, flyers, and social media posts by abbreviated messages. No one wants to read a paragraph of information, so shrinking and abbreviating the message will get the point across either way. Staying short and sweet, but also being compliant will help any company with future business markups.
In all this, there just has to be a “PSA,” right? Well, yes. In short, not everything should be abbreviated! :-)))
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By: Richard Gallagher, CEO, Oak Tree Business Systems, Inc. Oak Tree has been serving the credit union industry for 35+ years with top quality forms and disclosure packages. In addition, our forms packages easily integrate with any data processor in any state.