Thursday, 6 July 2006

BTW

I had two emails, on Tuesday and on Wednesday, from different people, each titled 'bad news' which was an unpleasant coincidence. Not good taste to blog about other people's bad news however, so we'll move on.

I'm still tired, so it's a good thing I don't have any appointments until 4 o'clock this afternoon and I can do whatever I like with the day. The house is pristine (by my relaxed standards) and all I have to do domestically is watering. There is always work I could be doing, but not today. It's such a luxury to have a free day in the middle of the week, makes me feel quite incautious. Pity the sun isn't shining. I blame all those gloomy people who grumble continually the moment there's hint of summer.

I've got a governors' training meeting this afternoon, which I daresay will be useful. It's one of those dos where you have two sessions, each on a different subject. I'm not thrilled to see that one of the ones I've been put down for is on acronyms. I'm turning into a grumpy old woman on acronyms. Each profession has its own set which, it seems to me, is designed to keep out non-members. In education, the acronyms are constantly changing, for no good reason that I can see except to bewilder governors. And once you get into the way of abbreviations, you tend to shorten everything.
In our church, for example, there is a weekly newsletter. This quickly spreads news and information across the six churches and was a useful innovation by the last Rector. It's called News for the Pews. But several people have referred recently to NFP*. Oh really. Brings out the impatient side of me. It saves all of one syllable, though is, I agree shorter to type (by all of ten letters).

In fact, I've lost the letter so I am a bit vague about time of meeting and the other thing I'm to learn about. That's the result of being too tidy, how are you to find anything if it's been put away? Chronological layers, that's the way to go.

*Could be worse. They could write N4P. That would make me retort snappishly.

And, by the way, at the school prizegiving I went to yesterday, there was one chap who was the absolute image of Steve Buscemi, except very short, and another who looked exactly like Rick Moranis. Just struck me, because they are both men with quite an unusual appearance and you would hardly expect to find both their lookalikes at the same time.

5 comments:

diamondweeza said...

TLAs are nerds tools to make themselves The Elite, in the same way that middle managers use rancid jargon to sound wise & important.
txt-spk is the worst: l8r, gr8, thx.
The only excepts to this rattiness if for medical abbreviations as seen at: http://www.pharma-lexicon.com/index.php?page=humorousabbreviations&title=Humorous+Medical+Abbreviations
FFFF!

Z said...

Funnily enough, it was only today that I told Pat (Pi) through JonnyB's comment box what NFN stands for.

My god, we're eyeballing each other!

PI said...

Just caught you both... that's so funny - forgot what I was going to say.

Z said...

stern brown eye meets anxious green one. And I was talking about you too!

Geena said...

Acronyms? ACRONYMS?

You want to pop over to France and see what acronyms are all about.

Let's see...we have the R.I.B, the T.I.P. (pronounced Reeb and Teep) and the CAF (cuff) and the RPI and the APL and the AFL and the RMI and.and.and....

These Froggies have nothing better to do with their time than come u with new acronyms for EVERYTHING! PAH!

Sorry - I'll stop shouting now.