It seems like over half of the time I see people use acronyms for phrases they end up having to explain the acronyms. Some people use acronyms and then explain them all in the same breath (looking at you, Rachael Ray), while others wait to be asked for the millionth time what they mean.
On one widowhood board it seems that every thread has someone using the term “DGI” while every other thread has someone asking what “DGI” means. “Oh, ignore her. She’s just a DGI.” “What’s a DGI?”
It stands for “doesn’t get it,” by the way. You know who else “doesn’t get it”? People who use unwieldy or idiosyncratic abbreviations and/or acronyms or initialisms that other people end up having to ask about or guess at! I can’t think of any time communication is aided by these sorts of shortcuts. They just end up requiring explanation sooner or later.
So, what am I missing? Why do you use them, if you do?