Why I Hate W.

No, not  George W. Bush. (But I’ll bet that’s why some of you bleeding hearts checked this post out. Tsk, tsk.)

No, the letter W.  As an abbreviation, it is the pits.  Case in point; World Wide Web contains just three syllables but its abbreviation has nine.

Red White and Blue also has just three syllables. But RWB contains five.

If you watch CSI you will hear the techs say GSR for Gun Shot Residue. Makes sense. Then they will say GSW for Gun Shot Wound, exchanging three syllables for an ‘abbreviation’ that contains five.

World War One and World War Two: three syllables each. WWI & WWII each have seven.

Volkswagen; three syllables. VW; four.

World Wildlife Foundation has 6 and World Wrestling Foundation has 5.   WWF ?  It has 7.

In almost every case where W is used as an abbreviation it creates a longer ‘word’ than the original un-‘abbreviated’ word. (Westinghouse and Winnebago are two exceptions that come to mind.)

Let’s call W something other than ‘double you’.  My suggestion is ‘woo’. It has a ‘w’ in it and it has the ‘u’ sound as well. And I think it would be cool to hear people saying things like; ‘woo woo woo’ or ‘ar woo bee’.

Think about it. But not too much.


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  1. #1 by logiopsychoambrosiaivorytowerpath on March 2, 2009 - 7:45 pm

    I really need to write that essay.

    You are scraping the bottom of the barrell–and the end of the alphabet.

  2. #2 by Christian Beyer on March 3, 2009 - 12:01 am

    I can always count on a word of encouragement from Mayberry. Thanks, Floyd.

  3. #3 by Christian Beyer on March 3, 2009 - 12:57 am

    …but it was a stupid fill-in post.

  4. #4 by netprophet on March 3, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    Elmore Fudd must have really hatted W. Maybe that’s why he never caught that cwazy wabbit.

    • #5 by Christian Beyer on March 8, 2009 - 12:43 pm

      Net, that’s ‘wich’. But it seems to me that Fudd LOVED the W but had an aversion to R’s. He might be heard to say (with some help from my cause) that ours schools should be devoted to the three Woo’s – Weeding, Whiting and ‘Withmatic.

  5. #6 by logiopsychoambrosiaivorytowerpath on March 3, 2009 - 10:18 pm

    Speaking of Mayberry, what’s the Blue Plate Special at the Diner?

    Net–I actually live in a village-hamlet-spot on the map called Mayberry.

    For those with Google Maps, we ring in at 39.66 North, and 77.12 West.

  6. #7 by Steve B on March 9, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Christian, I, for one, am totally with Logiowhatever on this one. What are you thinking, straying from the approved train of thought? What, you think this is your blog or something.

    In the future, please make sure to run all topics and drafts by Logiosomethingorother before posting.

    Thank you.

    • #8 by Christian Beyer on March 9, 2009 - 9:22 am

      Logiopsychoambrosiopath is his ‘real’ pen name. His real ‘real’ name is Bruce. But he answer to many things, especially the call for supper.

      Run EVERYTHING by him? That’s interesting because some have accused ME of leading Bruce astray. Impossible!

  7. #9 by Steve B on March 9, 2009 - 9:44 am

    Well, it’s either that, or have him scold you again. Wouldn’t want that now, would we?

  8. #10 by darla on April 11, 2009 - 5:35 pm

    i love it! woo woo woo, works for me! 😆

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