In this chaotic world of 2022, the ever-increasing emphasis on speed continues. It seems there are shortcuts for everything we say or do, i.e. using a microwave instead of oven cooking, relying on electronic implements to hurry our movements, texting instead of talking, etc.

I often have difficulty understanding simple current news reports because of abbreviated words and phrases. Therefore, I’ve prepared this personal glossary to aid my old brain. Perhaps it may be of use to you, too:

  • POTUS – President of the United States
  • FLOTUS – First Lady of the United States
  • SCOTUS – Supreme Court of the United States
  • GOP – Grand Old Party (Republicans)
  • DEM – Devotion, Equality, Morality (Democrats)
  • MAGA – Make America Great Again (Trump Republicans)
  • BLM – Black Lives Matter
  • AG – Attorney General
  • FDA – Federal Food and Drug Administration
  • USPO – United States Post Office
  • PTA – Parent-Teachers Association
  • PA – Prosecuting Attorney
  • GDP – Gross Domestic Product
  • WTO – World Trade Organization
  • PCA – Paris Peace and Climate Accord
  • INPT – Iran Nuclear Peace Treaty
  • HHS – Department of Health and Human Services
  • PAC – Political Action Committee
  • SOB & MF – Abbreviations you should never use! LOL (Laugh out loud)

There are dozens more abbreviations you could add to this list. We are obliged to use these abbreviations just to keep up with today’s speed texts. In the meantime, I hope my little glossary will be helpful to you.

Harriet Hausman
River Forest

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