Cursed Acronyms

Am I the only one with plain flour on my hands that didn’t know that “EVOO” means Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

It’s hotter than my oven outside, well nearly … well not even … but exaggeration is all part and parcel of fishing and baking, I reckon. Heck, where was I? Oh, yes, it’s 30.2C outside, my brain hurts, my joints hurt (I suspect there’s a change in the weather ahead), so I’m spending the afternoon reading bread forum messages, trying to find the answer to why my latest loaf of bread looks like an extra in a Japanese B-Movie. “Godzilla vs. the Loaf”, “Exploding Loaf Leaves Tokyo Crumby” or the likes. I’m incognito; I’m a guest; I’m that shadow lurking over your shoulder reading what you’ve written. Every few minutes I encounter this mysterious word EVOO. Eeeevooooo, Eeeeevooooo, I say to myself, hoping that the sound will ring a bell of familiarity. Nothing. So, I type in my browser’s address field, “What is EVOO.” Suddenly I’m staring at line after line of info on extra virgin olive oil. There are also a few lewd results about oiling virgins, extra virgins … and you get the idea. I’m contemplating the need to slap a parental control on myself so I don’t have to read that stuff.

I sure hope there’s rain in the forecast because I think I’m sweating EVOO from my pores.

And this is my first Letter in the Alphabet for August: A is for Acronym.  Join in the fun and read the details here.

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40 thoughts on “Cursed Acronyms

  1. For a long time I read preferment as something that you preferred,took ages to sort that one out, evoo not obv at all rofl ptooigbo. Xx I just made the last one up, Let’s run with this, or drip…. S and F. 3xSn,mmmm,help me here,, or just tell me to c and L 4 90m.

  2. peetwoigbow? That’s pea-two-igbow? I so detest these these these these, and now I’m stuttttttering. Ah. Pull The Other One I’ve Got Bread Oxploding. rofl. C and L? Cut and Lun?? How about AAR!

    1. Curious indeed. These odd combinations of letters often confuse me no end. I know a few basic ones, and now thanks to Joanna’s trick with the search box … well, I might even become fluent! My son will be astonished that his ol’ mum knows some of this stuff. :D

  3. The serach box as I like to call it, will always translate the blinking acronyms. And, far more usefully, I have discovered recently, will also translate the mysterious error messages that one gets from time to time and tell you whether or not you should worry about them. Someone on an Apple Forum imparted this all gold info to me. If it happens to you, it will have happened to someone else. So cut and paste away. (C and L – really did make that one up – Cover and Leave for 90 minutes ) S and F = stretch and fold , 3sn = three short kneads ) xx

  4. Misk, you don’t watch enough food TV – OK, I don’t watch any at all! But back when I did, you could not escape the latest buzz words as every food personality rushed to inject as many brand new food acronyms into their shows – I stopped watching when this silliness became more important than sharing any interesting procedures or techniques.

    Jo – I’m curious, why do you call it a ‘serach box’? Am I missing something?

      1. The eminently annoying Rachel Ray uses EVOO so often in her show that you’d think the olive oil council was paying her $100,000 per – and the boys are just as bad. I think their belief is that if they can inject some of the newly minted buzz words into their stuff, that will show how knowledgeable they are.

      1. Doc, no I don’t watch Rachel Ray. She annoys me. Far too chirpy. I do like Ina-I’m-a-Barefoot-Something. And occasionally I watch Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. She cracks me up; she’s always talking to her ingredients, saying “Ooooh baby, thanks for coming to the party!” I must say I’m not much for these faddy gimmick words. Most of them just make me grumpy.

  5. There is also this expression ‘it’s a meme’ which I first came across last year when blogging. Virally spread via the internet, usually involving a picture of a cute animal. A phrase or an image or even an acronym, I think EVOO possibly qualifies as one of those in food blogging terms. Also maybe they come from texting or txting… ? Link to a thing about memes http://tinyurl.com/3qecdqg

    1. So I know another acronym: meme. I was thinking this morning of others … NATO, which I’ve now decided is an annoying Spanish knat’o. OFFCOM is a method of hanging up on someone you don’t wish to speak to…

      1. Healthcare, government quangos, education, you name it the LBs are everywhere and have been breeding for many years now, the internet is just their latest home ;)

    1. Acronyms are the visual symptoms of the disease of communication minimization popularized by Twitter, et al (oh wow, I’m infected too! That’s really funny.). But, many say, as long as everyone understands everyone else, there’s no problem – but the danger lies in the eventual loss of comprehension – and I think that’s already happening.

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