This is surprising the first time, perhaps, but eventually you don’t notice it anymore:

During a short telephone conversation yesterday, the person on the other end didn’t say “oh my God”, they said OMG. I was amazed.

The time to worry is when they start spelling out OMGWTFBBQ.

Oh, and on the middle three of that no-no nonet:

“WTF” takes five whole syllables to say what the phrase it represents says in three.

Then again, you may be in a location where one of those letters represents something forbidden. I’m guessing it’s not the T.


  1. Lynn »

    8 November 2013 · 11:47 am

    BBQ = barbeque? Probably not. No way can I memorize all the popular acronyms nor keep up with the new ones that appear every day.

    By the way (I spelled that out on purpose just to be contrary.) I saw a t-shirt with the following words on the front:

  2. CGHill »

    8 November 2013 · 12:22 pm

    BBQ = barbeque? Probably yes.

  3. Charles Pergiel »

    8 November 2013 · 2:35 pm

    Not the T? The W maybe?

  4. jsallison »

    8 November 2013 · 6:44 pm

    The employer EIN in the state portion of your W2 in OK now starts with the letters WTH, means withholding, of course but it at first reminded me of one of my coworker’s most common exclamation of amazement.

  5. McGehee »

    9 November 2013 · 7:50 am

    WTF only takes four syllables in Texas and most of the South.

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