Tuesday, 10 April 2012

When Is An Abbreviation Not An Abbreviation?

When it takes longer to say the abbreviation rather than the word being abbreviated.

Prime example from last week's Justice League International #8:


Seriously - say Booster's dialogue out loud and count the syllables as you do.

"B.W." = four syllables; "Batwing" = two.

It may take less space on the page to write, but it takes longer to say it. And to compound matters, Booster does it twice in the same issue.

It's a little thing, but it's annoying.

8 comments:

  1. It's like the authors sometimes forget that they're writing dialogue that their characters are supposedly speaking. It is quite annoying.

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    1. Totally agree; when I was writing, one of things I learned early on was always speak the character's dialogue aloud to get a sense of how it sounds.

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  2. Yeah, but Booster's from the future. Where acronym-speak has become the norm because of text messaging. It's all "LOL" this and "Oh Em Gee" that.

    (I'd like that if he were looking for a shorter name he'd probably say "Bee-dub" or "Bee-dubs" because he's Booster and he's annoying like that.)

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    1. Now "Bee-dubs" I could understand - I wouldn't like it, but I could understand it!

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  3. When there's trouble you
    Call B.W.

    (Sorry, the Darkwing Duck joke had to be made.)

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    1. Never apologise for duck jokes, Michael.

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  4. I can think of something BG should have called BW ...

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