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Re: I have an opinion!

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Monday, April 2, 2001, 20:54
On Mon, 2 Apr 2001, David Peterson wrote:

> I must admit, I really, really, really, really, really, really HATE the > shortening of words and phrases, e.g.: conlang, auxlang, AFAIK, etc. It > drives me crazy. If you'll notice, I've never used any such shortenings in > any of my e-mails. But it's not just confined to this list. I hate it when > people say cogsci when the mean cognitive science; see ess when they mean > computer science; polisci when they mean political science; bio when they > mean biology; addy when they mean address; peep when they mean people, etc., > etc. It drives me nuts. I like the words as they are. They're happy words. > They don't like to be chopped in half or diced up or condensed. Anyway, > that is the end of the segment: I HAVE AN OPINION!
<rueful look> Whereas I like such breath-saving and typing-saving shortenings. How about you do constructed languages and I do conlanging? :-) <tongue in cheek> At Cornell, if people had to answer "mechanical and aerospace engineering" instead of "mechE" [mEki] or "cognitive science" instead of "cogni sci" [kagni saI] or, God help *me,* "mathematics" instead of "math," we would be considerably more out of breath, exacerbated by the fact that we have Escherian hills to climb just to get to classes. </tongue in cheek> I do find a few usages that annoy me, but in general I find it fascinating how people chop words up, which ones, why. YHL, college student and therefore probably subject to such degeneration.