A few days earlier I wrote about the slow death of English as the last Lingua Franca. A reason I omitted to mention is how our vocabulary is being increasingly diminished by the use of acronyms and initializations such as OMG and LOL.
Acronymy has its uses and has been around for a long time as a short representation of a complex concept or for a long-winded name of an institution. The Roman Empire, Senatus Populusque Romanus, was shortened by the Romans to SPQR and early Christians used the symbol of a fish to represent Jesus. ΙΧΘΥΣis the Greek acronym for Iesous CHristos THeou (h) Uios Soter meaning Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior and spells “fish”.
Later abbreviations began in business, when companies had to shorten their names to fit them on railroad cars, barrels and…
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