Abri......
Reminiscence

Abri......

These days,  when the nugens call each other bro, I am reminded of one of my friends whom I met in Poona way back in seventies. He told his own native name with an anglican accent. He was also very keen in speaking only English when we friends met. He took fancy in calling us " Buddy " or " Charlie ".  Once he was explaining about his trip to Bombay. He said that he went to Chembuzh and gate crashed into bark (?). Three of us listening to him asked him what did he mean by that....He repeated that he went to Chembur and to bark.......and you don't know bark ?......he asked with a surprising look....... We did not budge. We said .....No. Then he keenly looked at our face and said .....arey ... You don't know it's an Abri.....and sought my nod. I moved my sideways in negation. He was almost getting irritated and disgusted. ......." It is B A R C .  Don't you know that " , he almost yelled .....And then we could make out what he meant......No doubt, he must have thought he was talking to a few dumbbells who did not know about an Abri........!

In our day to day life,  we use lots of  " abris " knowingly and unknowingly.

During our days in college, we frequented the India Coffee house for less of eating and more of talking. The waiter came and asked for the usual orders , MD , VC and coffee which really meant Masal Dosa, Vegetable Cutlet and coffee. My friend sometimes  corrected the order to MD, MC and FL....the last two were Mutton Cutlet and Fresh Lime. Managing Directors and Vice Chancellors had no place there.

In the office,  none calls the type of leave in full. It's either CL, PL or SL. There is an uncommon leave called FL when expanded would relate to France. ....!

There are acronyms which sound the same but mean differently with different people in different occasions. OC is officer commanding in Army. But that is  free service in Madras lingo. I was told that it started from the days of East India Company and meant to be  "On Company Service"..... ultimately became synonymous with free service. When I searched in Google , it gave a list of 129 expanded forms for OC.

During the school days, before appearing for any quiz competition, we used to mug up many such acronyms and expanded forms. I used to curse the UNO for creating many many units like UNICEF, UNESCO and many many more....

But the latest version of SMS language is like making a bonsai out of the big trees.

But some short forms which certain teachers have taught me remain permanently imprinted in my brain. One is " bra " ....don't worry I will not cross the Laxman Rekha....It simply meant ...." Litmus turns from Blue to Red in Acid. That's all. Another example was MST short form of Meenakshi Sundaram Teacher which was told to us  to measure the  amount of heat transferred expressed in Joules by multiplying Mass, Specific heat and Temperature difference.

As the title of this note itself is abri , I cannot afford to be elabro........Hence I am leaving all those who read this to think about the abri s they have encountered in life...

Tail piece.....

This is a chat between a Mom and daughter......

Your great aunt just passed away.....lol...

Why is that funny....?

It's not funny , Betty...what u mean...?

Mom, that means laughing out loud...

OMG...I sent that to everyone I thought it meant lots of love.......I have to call everyone again......!