October 15, 2010


You don't really expect an acronym to be longer (in terms of syllables) than the phrase it replaces. Unless your acronym includes the letter 'w,' or three of them, as in 'www,' the 9-syllable acronym that replaces "world-wide web." One way to get around this is to clip the pronunciation of 'w' (double-you) to 'dub,' which looks longer in writing than 'w,' but consists of only one syllable. Applying that method, you arrive at "btdubs" ('bee-tee-dubs') for BTW ('by the way') or at "j-dubs" for 'just wondering,' which I overheard someone say in the elevator today. Of course, if you regularly visit urbandictionary.com, you already know that. Jay ess.

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