March 4, 2005

Bite My "Addy"

Some people use the abbreviation “addy” for “address.” It’s usually heard when they’re talking about an email address, but I’ve also heard it used for a postal address.

“Give me your addy”

“What was your addy again?”

“Don’t give your addy out to just anyone.”

Where the hell did this come from? It sounds dumb and I hope it doesn’t catch on, but it’s already hit the UrbanDictionary. There is no “y” in “address” so I don’t know where you get “addy.” In written use, “addr.” would make more sense as an abbreviation. I think “addy” is used because these people don’t like typing something that they couldn’t pronounce if they were reading the message aloud, as if they’re moving their lips while they’re typing their forum posts. If they start actually saying “addy” because they can’t manage the energy to say the words “address” in spoken conversation, that really frightens me.

So, here is my unsolicited advice, offered freely.

“Addy” sounds both cutesy and dopey. If that is what you’re going for, then by all means use “addy.” Otherwise, take the time and type out “address.” If you must abbreviate, try “addr.” and include the period to let people know it’s an abbreviation. Heck, the abbreviation for “abbreviation” is “abbr.” so this is not going to surprise anyone. People will know what you’re talking about from context and you won’t sound like someone who just stumbled onto the net yesterday with a free AOL disk you got in the mail. Or worse, someone who has never put pen to paper before.

[ Disclaimer: Nothing personal against anyone who uses this foul abbreviation. Your behavior is your own business. I’m just doing you a favor by telling you what it sounds like. And in case you’re wondering, yes, I am right.]

Posted by James at March 4, 2005 11:34 AM
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I thought it sounded Australian. They shorten everything and stick a y at the end. Footy for football. Barby for barbecue. Whatever. Whaty.

Posted by: Julie at March 4, 2005 1:40 PM

In my book "prolly" beats "addy" in the fricking annoying department, but "addy" is definitely up there.

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 4, 2005 1:49 PM

At least "probably" ends in a "y." But "probly" is a better abbreviation than "prolly." It reflects how many pronounce it. Lazy though it may be.

We all have our peeves, and you are certainly entitled to hate "prolly," which I know I have used once or twice. From now on, though, I switch to the more justifiable "probly" because it accurately reflects my lazy-ass speaking style.

"Addy" has got to be worse though.

We don't even need an abbreviation for "email address" -- If you say "give me your email so I can send you that information" I know what you're talking about. In context, just "email" is understood to mean email addr.

I love a good rant. It clears the sinuses.

Posted by: James at March 4, 2005 2:37 PM

"Footy" is whimsical. Actually, they write "barbie" not "barby." But that's whimsical as well. "Shrimp on the barbie" and all.

An address is mundane, and adding a "y" onto it doesn't make it whimsical.

If, indeed, it is from some other culture, then maybe it sounds good to them. I think it just sounds more folksy to people.

I guess I don't like people getting folksy and cutesy with something like an email address. Anthropomorphization is all well and good. A talking soda can? I'm down with that. A car with a name? Fine.

But don't cutesy up my address.

Next thing you know we're going to be calling latitude and longitude "latty and longie." Cozy up to the coordinates. "Lat and long" is just too cold and flat.

"Meet me at Latty 42.35917, Longie -71.05694 sugar, honey, dollie."

Posted by: James at March 4, 2005 2:48 PM

I've been using "prolly" for years because when I'm typing fast I usually misspell "probably." Well sure now that I'm TRYING to spell it wrong, it comes out right, but usually it comes out "probalby." So... porlly it is. DAMMITT!!! PROLLY! I can't friggin' type. That's my problem. It's not the spelling... it's the motor skills.

Posted by: Julie at March 4, 2005 2:50 PM

So you don't think the abby should be addy? ;-) I've heard it from a lot of Brits that I know. Or should that be Britties?

Posted by: briwei at March 4, 2005 2:57 PM

"Prolly" never bothered me. I've used it, too. And that's probably because the letters and sounds of "prolly" are in "probably."

PRO___LY goes to PROLY goes to "prolly."

Somehow that makes sense to me. It's just a matter of perception. Personally, I don't give a horse's bum about "prolly," but when I write to Chuck I won't ise it now. He's already warned that it's a peeve of his.

Posted by: James at March 4, 2005 2:59 PM

If it's chiefly British, the Britties who use it can keep it. I'm definitely seeing non-Brits use it online, though.

I think we should be careful which language we adopt. Even so, I think it's great to use fun or funny new words.

But I'm voting "addy" off the island.

And if any of you are thinking you're going to annoy me by using "addy" (you would never dream, of course) I have to let you know that it doesn't annoy me. What I feel is more accurately described as "disappointment" than annoyance. So we'll just have a laugh over it.

God, it's wonderful to be perfect.

Posted by: James at March 4, 2005 3:10 PM

Many abbreviations annoy me. Especially when they don't actually save many letters (which by the way prolly doesn't (6 vs 8 how lazy are people?) I'll accept the ease of typing argument but there is one abbreviation that drives me nuts because it saves a grand total of 1 letter and it' adds a letter that is rarely used anywhere.

Thanks as Thanx It's one freakin' letter people and you've got to figure out where the hell x is on your keyboard!

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at March 4, 2005 3:36 PM

these don't bother me so much. I can deal with addy, as long as it's moderate. What I find ridiculous is when people actually say 'lol' or 'woot' out loud, or 'pwned' or whatever stupid crap they type these days. Yes, I've heard it, many times.

Or when other online shorthand makes it into spoken speech, it's just ridiculous. the other day I actually heard some one say "B. R. B" when he was coming back. Ok it was more like "dude, b r b"

And having said all that, I feel very old.


Posted by: Rui at March 5, 2005 6:25 PM

I was always old, so it doesn't bother me at all. I never spoke any slang at all until I was fourteen or so. I remember saying "so long" to a friend once, and it was really hard to say and it felt really unnatural.

So, I'm not afraid to ask, what are "woot," "pwned," and "brb"? "lol" is the only one I know!

(And I'm so glad! I'm so glad I don't know people who type like that, because to me it just looks stupid. Especially when it's combined with misspellings, poor grammar, and no caps. I actually had a high school student in one of my classes, and he typed that way (but not with the abbreviations or acronyms, whichever those are). It drove me nuts.)

Posted by: Maggie at March 5, 2005 7:10 PM

brb = be right back as in "BRB someone's at the door."

pwned = "owned", deliberate typo, arrogant put-down when someone feels they have defeated you in some way, as in "I pwned you." Also "pwnt".

w00t = good natured exclamation of excitement or approval, as in "Dude, I just got Halo 2! w00t!"

brb doesn't bug me, and neither does w00t since it is a nicety and doesn't seem to be a degenerate form of any existing word. I hate pwn/pwned/pwnt.

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 6, 2005 1:53 AM

To me, Addy is the name of the girl who lives on our street.

So, speaking of abbreviations, we were listening to "Only a Game" on WBUR this weekend, and the topic was all the names and words you could have put on the back of your official NFL jersey, and those you couldn't.

You couldn't have "Gay," the name of one of the players, but you could have "Bin Laden," "Nazi," and "420," among other things (420 is apparently some wink wink name for pot).

So. Now that the "naughty word" list has been exposed, you can get "Gay," on your jersey. You still can not have "lesbian." Wow, who knew "lesbian" was a bad word.

Anyway, does anyone know the genesis of "420"? I've never heard of this before. Guess I'm not a super underground cool pot smoker.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 7, 2005 12:05 PM

4:20 is time to light up, baby!

Posted by: Julie at March 7, 2005 12:17 PM

Thanks for the link, Julie. Embedded in this story is a link to police codes. I was just wondering the other day what the "211 in progress" was that 1 Adam 12 was always racing off to. That stands for "armed robbery."

Posted by: Patti M. at March 7, 2005 12:22 PM

Chuck, I agree with you. I despise 'pwnd' It's right down there with hax0rs or rox0rz. I can tolerate it when it's typed in im or forums because that's where it originated, but not when it's spoken out loud. That just crosses the line.

Wait, I hate '133t' speak completely, and any self respecting computer scientist - read non-snot-nosed immature computer geek - does.

Unfortunately I know many hard core gamers in my life and they speak that way all the time. Makes me want to slap them.

yeah, yeah, language is a living thing. It's bad enough that 'bling-bling' and 'doh' got into the dictionary.

Posted by: Rui at March 8, 2005 2:13 PM

Rui, to your point, I had a liguistics professor who told me that language changes over time with society and that I shouldn't be a "liguistic fascist."

Well, I just have to draw the line at this non-word "language." Call me a linguistic fascist if you will, that's fine. I will feel intellectually superior.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 8, 2005 2:17 PM

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