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02 Marts 2004 @ 11:52
For your amusement and edification...  

For your amusement and edification, and somewhat in the spirit of such educational publications as "Bob's Guide to the Apostrophe" and Charles Foran's "MSN Spoken Here" in The Walrus, A Roguish Chrestomathy presents:

Online Shorthand for the Linguistically Conservative1
(or the just plain pretentious)

aiw
as it were
atps
as the poet says
cp
all other things being equal
fdm
there being no better alternative
fwoabw
for want of a better word
hf!
Heaven forfend!
hibk
had I but known2
iamos
in a manner of speaking
ihnema
it has not escaped my attention
ihobr
it has often been remarked
itfot
in the fullness of time
iwet
It was ever thus.
iyw
if you will
tbftgoGgi
There but for the grace of G-d go I.
wads
with all deliberate speed

1. Yes, these are all bosh. But there's no inherent incomatibility between high-flown language and the use of initialisms. I am told that it in Spanish, it used to be common to conclude a formal letter with s.s.s.q.b.s.m., which is the laconic way of writing su seguro servidor que besa su mano.
2. This one is actually due to Ogden Nash.
 
 
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Nuværende musik: Robert Schmaus, "Es wollt' ein Bauer früh aufstehn"
 
 
 
Elkinsskelkins on 9. April, 2004 16:33 (UTC)
Ah, but don't we need this one as well?

iitbh -- "it is to be hoped"

A necessity for those of us just pedantic enough to cringe at the common application of the word "hopefully."



Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 11. April, 2004 17:38 (UTC)

Oh, by all means! (Although I have to confess that I use hopefully that way myself.) And, for emphasis, iitbfh.