Some time ago, I wrote a riveting piece on the phonetics of shorthand. Today I would like to discuss another issue I have with this phenomenon of quick-type. Letters, when arranged in such a haphazard manner, could send a very confusing message! How am I to know what you mean when you don’t take the time to spell it out?
Here, let me show you what I mean:
- btw – Clearly this is a 911-style message saying: Better Take Warning
- lylas – This is a popular phrase used when wishing someone good humor: Laugh Your Little Ass Silly
- lol – Used in sympathetic moments (loss, regret, recovery, etc): Lots Of Love
- omg – Apology for wrongdoing: Officially Making Good
- lmfao – Planning an elegant evening out: Let’s Meet Friends At Outback
- ns4w – Response to, “What did you spend $6.99 on at Walgreens? New Socks For Wearing
- rofl – What people in the Southeastern US say during hurricane season: Really Over Florida
- wtf? – First time Tweeter says: Who To Follow?
ttyl! (Tyler Teaches You Lessons)
This week David Hasselhoff turns 60, the Special Olympics turns 44 and it’s the 43rd anniversary of the American moon landing. Also, next year it will mark the first anniversary of the next major music festival (Firefly) debuting.
Here are some more slaps to add to your gold coin piggy bank:
- Wednesday – Chappaquiddick Incident – 43rd anniversary (1 gold coin)
- Thursday – Sioux leader Sitting Bull surrenders to federal troops – 131st anniversary (2 gold coins)
- Friday – Billboard publishes its first singles record chart – 72nd anniversary (3 gold coins)
What is the sound of one hand slapping?
It may just be me, (in fact I’m pretty certain it is) but I think it’s really interesting to see what historical events took place from week to week. It kind of makes the world seem a little smaller.
This week is a good one. In addition to the below Slaps, Howard Hughs flew around the world in 91 hours and Babe Ruth debuted as a pitcher. Plus, Tuesday is both Nikola Tesla’s and Jessica Simpson’s birthday.
Here’s some more Slap fodder:
- Tuesday – Vacuum cleaner invented – 152nd anniversary (1 gold coin)
- Wednesday – Aaron Burr mortally wounds Alexander Hamilton in a duel – 208th anniversary (2 gold coins)
- Friday – Hollywood Sign is dedicated – 89th anniversary (3 gold coins)
This week I got a great dose of heart fuel. Quick back-story first:
All my life I have been advocating ‘doing good.’ You know the community service, mentor, volunteer kind of stuff. In fact for three summers of my college career, I worked at a conference in Washington D.C. where the entire message was to give because you can. It was one of the most fulfilling roles I’ve ever had.
In recent years, this side of my life has taken a back seat. Even though I work for a company who gives back often and in big ways, I have only volunteered for a few of our local projects. I unconsciously adopted the, “I’m too busy and someone else will do it,” attitude. This selfishness kept me from doing things that previously had been very important to me.
Now flash forward. This week I volunteered at the DePaul Soup Kitchen for a few hours one morning alongside a wonderful woman named Joyce. Joyce has devoted most of her life to giving back. Watching her interact with the volunteers and her regular customers was some of the greatest heart/soul boosts I’ve had in awhile, and I didn’t think I really needed a boost! Her authenticity and genuine happiness rubbed off on literally every person who came through the room that day.
Here’s the ironic lesson I learned this week. I always assumed and preached selflessness as the root of service. However, after this week’s boost of heart-drenaline, I’m thinking: Hey, be a little selfish and give back. You can get a ton from giving a little.
I’ll try not to get too after-school-special on you, but I thought this was an interesting lesson. My selfishness was what previously kept me from volunteering. Now, I’m going to tap into it a tiny bit to reverse my behavior.
Stop being stupid selfish. Be smart selfish.
Hello and welcome to this weird, split-up work week. This is certainly an historical one with notable birthdays of Lindsay Lohan (26) on Monday, Tom Cruise (50) on Tuesday and George W. Bush (66), Dalai Lama (77), 50 Cent (37) and Sylvester Stallone (66) on Friday.
Additionally, here are a few more obscure tidbits to slap people around with throughout the week:
- Monday – Sam Walton opens the first Wal-Mart in Rogers, AR – 50th anniversary (1 gold coin)
- Thursday – Bikini swimsuit is first introduced – 66th anniversary (2 gold coins)
- Friday – Anne Frank and her family move into the “Secret Annexe” in Amsterdam – 70th anniversary (3 gold coins)
So George W. Bush and Sylvester Stallone are as old as bikinis this week.
A huge thanks (and/or all blame) to my dear friend Lyndsay for looping me into the most fun game I’ve ever played on Twitter on a Tuesday night. The game was called #fatbands and here is my top dozen (in no particular order):
- Surfandturf Stevens
- Alabama Milkshakes
- Chiddy Bangers and Mash
- Gastric Pony
- Tears for Beers
- Phish Tacos
- Duran Doritos
- Jack White Castle
- Ben Fat Folds Five Guys
- Fat Po’ Boy Slim Jim
- Jimmy (all you can eat) Buffet
Now you play!
Do you know what today is? It’s the 177th day and 126th weekday of 2012! In fact, today marks 48.09% of 2012 as elapsed with 51.91% remaining.
Let’s see what happened throughout history during this precise week in history:
- Tuesday – John F. Kennedy said, “Ich bin ein Berliner” – 49th anniversary (1 gold coin)
- Wednesday – Bill Gates resigns from Microsoft – 4th anniversary (2 gold coins)
- Friday – Isabel Perón becomes president of Argentina – 38th anniversary (3 gold coins)
Seize the slap.