Here’s a thing. A very small thing, but a thing.
I just saw it for about the 87th time and realized what’s so annoying about it.
It’s != or |= for ≠
Here’s what so annoying about it.
What the hell is the point? Just say “doesn’t equal.” If you don’t have the actual ≠ handy then just type the words, for godsake.
I know another one like that. DFW for Dallas Ft Worth. If you’re writing or typing, by all means say DFW, but if you’re talking – well do what you want, but DFW is more syllables than Dallas Ft Worth.
I know this because Martin Amis pointed out another one in The Information – someone talking referred to the MW for microwave. Count them.
Here’s another: the BBC always says WWF, never World Wildlife Fund. Both longer and more cryptic. Stupid.
Always be careful of the W.
Also – I don’t want to point fingers, but four twenty ten is a silly way to say ninety.
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