I (heart) ATL


I just got back from a vacation to the east coast, and in one restaurant bathroom I saw an interesting piece of graffiti:


      I (heart) ATL


Actually, that wasn't the only interesting insight written on that stall wall.  There also was:


      Continental breakfast isn't real breakfast!


Indeed.  But anyway, I was pretty surprised to see such passion for ATL... until I remembered that I was in Atlanta, so ATL probably didn't stand for Active Template Library!  It was a simple case of civic pride.


That's actually not the first time my comprehension of the English language was tainted by tech jargon.  I once did a double-take when someone (Joey, maybe?) said "cocreate" in an episode of Friends!  Has anyone else been caught off guard by tech jargon seeming to appear in non-technical conversation?  When you hear “mom,” is Microsoft Operations Manager the first thing that pops into your mind?  (I hope not!)

Comments (9)
  1. Pradeep UN says:

    When you hear “mom,” is Microsoft Operations Manager the first thing that pops into your mind?

    I must admit that is not true for me…

    Though when i hear Pop.

    I dont think of Soda or the cartoon guy from RiceKrispies…. But of DataStacks. Lol.

    I hear ya Bro 🙂

    Funny.

  2. When you hear “mom,” is Microsoft Operations Manager the first thing that pops into your mind?

    When it’s spelt that way it is 😉

    William (an Aussie)

  3. Every time I hear "java" in reference to coffee, I certainly don’t think of coffee.

    Oh, and I hear ya, William.

    Kent (another Aussie).

  4. GlenGordon says:

    Mike’s Hard Lemonade (a beer-like drink for those that don’t know) for a while was printing words under the cap like "LOVE", "CAN", "UNDER" and so on. One time I opened a bottle and the word was "SOAP" and I thought how odd for the Mike’s Lemonade people to print a technical term under the cap. Then I figured it out. I think the fact that it was in ALL CAPS threw me. 🙂

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