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'RN,' So Hot RN

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 08.05.2015 | Arts

An old acronym is everywhere, Tom Cruise-like, full of mysterious renewed vigor. Exhibits B, pulled from Twitter jn (just now): ⚡️⚡...

15 Words You Had No Idea Were Acronyms

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.13.2014 | Books

Acronyms: It feels like they’ve always been with us. Perhaps that’s why we’re constantly inventing retroactive etymologies for older terms like ...

33 Abbreviations You Might Not Know (But Probably Should)

The Huffington Post | Hadley Walsh | Posted 07.28.2014 | Teen

BYOB, OMG, and FYI are just soooo yesterday. New abbreviations pop up on social media every second, so it's normal to feel lost and confused about the...

Why Do We Use Acronyms?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 05.13.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo


The Acronym All New Parents Need To Memorize

Claire Zulkey | Posted 04.26.2014 | Parents
Claire Zulkey

Some parenting books are useful, but the danger of too much information is giving parents the impression that there's very much that's in their control.

5 Ways to Profit From Lessons Learned Abroad

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

While raising interest rates may dampen falls in a country's currency in the short term, this is not always enough to calm a sell-off and a higher interest rate can hamper growth, squeezing the country further.

9 Acronyms You Need To Stop Using Immediately

Posted 09.11.2013 | Books

Sometimes, acronyms are useful, but usually, they are just terrible. If you're in the military, the CIA (see what we did there?) or performing some ot...

Tweet Or Text? The Acronym Guide For Dummies

Tammy Bleck | Posted 09.09.2013 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

It all started with OMG, followed by LOL which quickly progressed into LMAO and ROTFL. It wasn't long before girls were discussing their BF and their BFFs and telling their parents they would BRB. It all adds up to TMI for many of us. Don't worry, for those you who are fast track impaired, I've provided a translation at the bottom of this post.

Quiz: Are You Smarter Than Your Fifth Grader on Instagram?

Hollee Actman Becker | Posted 06.10.2013 | Parents
Hollee Actman Becker

Answer these 20 questions to see how much about you understand about what your tween is actually doing online.

Blame This Guy For The Worst Word Of 2012

Zoë Triska | Posted 02.09.2013 | Books
Zoë Triska

If I have to hear or see "YOLO" one more time, I'm going to rip out my eyes and ear drums (not really, but I'm a big fan of hyperbole).

Rules of Netiquette That Go Beyond BFF

Julie Spira | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Julie Spira

Not everyone speaks the same language online. While you might think a HAND is an appendage, it actually stands for "Have a Nice Day." IBM isn't just the computer giant, it stands for "Inadequate but Marketable." Do you think acronyms are overused online and in emails?

Are You A MAMIL? | Posted 12.14.2011 | Fifty

If anyone were looking for evidence that in the 21st century we are just as snobbish as ever we have been, then you only have to look at the acronyms ...

Nothing to ROFL About: On the Poverty of Our Electronic Vocabulary

Zachary Stockill | Posted 06.11.2011 | Comedy
Zachary Stockill

The phenomenon of describing every occasion as momentous speaks to a greater poverty of vocabulary that has occurred as a result of our tech-obsessed modern culture.

T-Mobile Is Now "America's Largest 4G Network"

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

As the debate over which  mobile operator actually has a 4G network wages on -- what is not in doubt is the fierce competition between the carriers ...

Cutting to the Chase

Robin Lakoff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robin Lakoff

It seems obvious that people create shortened forms to save time. And yet, most often, we don't save that much time and may run the risk of endangering intelligibility.