By age 4, we were considered children and had certain responsibilities. Our parents expected us never to forget get to a toilet in time, to maneuver stairs pretty well, to hold a pen or pencil firmly and scribble, not to cry when we wanted something, and to express ourselves in simple sentences. We were expected to learn to deal with occasional setbacks, which was a difficult concept to get used after 3 years of mostly getting our way.
By age 5, more stress was added; we were actually expected to carry conversations, recognize a few written letters and words, tie our own shoelaces, ride a bicycle, kick a ball in a non-babyish way, and play games with kids who were our peers but not our relatives or friends chosen by our parents. We were even expected to dress ourselves and many of us chose strange outfits just to rebel against all this responsibility. Most of us were also expected to take charge of our own baths, and our parents only appeared for the final touches. It was hard not to have our parents’ undivided attention during the bath ritual. But we all liked learning some of these things, which was a good thing because our parents insisted we learn them all in order to test our normalness.
By age 6, we were taught to read and write. Some of us embraced the challenge, and some of us didn’t. But our parents and teachers never gave . Many kids are ready to read much earlier than 6, and some are only ready at 7 or 8. But parents and teachers, even though they are mature adults, usually need to make sure kids are what the school systems define as normal. In the big picture, it doesn’t matter much; mostly all kids level out by the time they reach their Youth Phase.
But getting back to being six, our brains had reached 90% of our adult size by that time. And that’s when we began to want to spend more time with our peers than with our parents. From the age of 6 and throughout the rest of childhood, today’s children can begin to become addicted to electronic games if they are not monitored closely. Childhood lasted until about age 12, and as children we developed many new interests, likes and dislikes, and sometimes leadership or follower abilities. By the time our childhood ended, we were supposed to have enough self-control to enable us to be respectful to almost all human beings no matter what their walk in life. We were also supposed to have acquired a reasonable social conscience. And we were expected to have a strong sense of right or wrong implanted in our young characters. All the authorities in our little worlds expected us to be honest at all times.
FYI is an acronym, and an acronym is a word formed by combining the first letters of each word of a name, such as NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) that is frequently seen in the news. Another one you probably know is AIDS, which is an acronym for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Sometimes acronyms are pronounced as a word as in NATO and AIDS, and sometimes the letters are pronounced individually, such as FYI (for your information). And most of the time they are not even pronounced, as they are used mostly in social media, business communication and Internet. But we do hear CNN (Cable News Network) reporters saying ASAP frequently, which means As Soon As Possible and is hard to pronounce.
Sometimes acronyms become words, such as the word scuba. Everybody knows that word, but few know it started out as an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
Another acronym that became a word is laser, which began as the acronym Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Most of us are very pleased that these two words became acronyms.
For now, try to incorporate FYI and ASAP into your daily communications, and don’t spend too much time remembering what AIDS and LASER and SCUBA really mean. But you should be able to recognize NATO as it has become a big issue in North America and Europe.
Here are six business acronyms that you should know if you are a businessperson, and maybe aspire to if you are in middle management. Which one would be the lowest stress and the highest salary?