TLDR.

Reading

I learnt something new. And as usual, synchronicity played its part as well.

I had a very disturbed night last night and found it difficult to sleep. For me, this is a very unusual situation but I consoled myself that it was due to a highly charged evening when I was in the midst of grieving friends, accompanied a funeral procession to the crematorium, saw my friend of two decades cremated and returned to a rather sombre environment.

I would normally read if I can’t sleep but I was unable to read as I was unable to focus. I was unable to meditate, another tool I use to stabilise myself when disturbed and so it was a restless night till very early in the morning when I finally dozed off.

On booting up the computer to check for my mail I found this article in the Washington Post and it took another visit to the internet via the ever present google to discover that TLDR means Too Long Didn’t Read. I had never come across this acronym before and found it quite amusing that people use this on chats.

Be that as it may, the end of the article is quite amusing for regular readers and I think that it offers an escape route for people suffering from the TLDR syndrom.

Where does synchronicity come into all of this? I have just taken a sabbatical from facebook to catch up with my reading. I have been buying books and they have piled up and I am determined to plough through them and get back on line with facebook sometime in the next few weeks. TLDR would certainly help!

Have you used TLDR in your communications or do you suffer from the syndrome?

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11 Responses to TLDR.

  1. Ursula says:

    I think anyone starting their comment on a columnist’s opinion piece (usually the size of an essay) with “too long didn’t read” rude. Very rude. Unnecessary into the bargain. Same commentators will, naturally, then opine on content they haven’t read properly.

    Other than that I reserve a particular disdain for acronyms. How much longer can it take to type out words to their full lengths instead wasting your readers’ time trying to find out what on earth tldr stands for? But then consideration for others is not always in supply.

    U
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    • He is talking about Classics Ursula! But the chats use it for just about everything and like you I find it odd that how can a comment be made if some one hasn’t read the piece, whatever it is.

  2. Alan G says:

    No, I didn’t know what ‘TLDR’ meant but am glad to learn that. All these acronyms that people throw around these days rather than using proper language irritates me to no end!

    I pretty much blame phone texting, Facebook and Twitter for the ‘TLDR’ syndrome that we find ourselves in these days. That’s one of the reasons I like blogging as my means of social interaction. If people blog that usually means they are going to take the time to express themselves in full. Of course after they do express themselves in full, how many blog visitors really do read the entirety of what they have written?
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  3. Never having been a fan of the “classics” I’m not sure how to respond. Plus, having been taught speed reading in seventh grade, I have ever since read very fast – and I suspect that is borderline skimming, However if something catches my eye I will go over the material again. To Alan I say if I read a blog I read it in its entirety – whether I am enticed to begin to read a particular is another thing entirely. That depends on the subject of the blog and my experiences with that particular blogger. And, acronyms to me are simply the word games of the younger generation and I’ll be damned if one of them is gonna get one over on me. I have resisted the usual acronym for here and in its place insert 🙂

  4. Mike says:

    I hadn’t come across the acronym before, so I did a search. Apparently, it’s used quite a bit in the editing side of Wikipedia. An essay there “especially considers the term as used in Wikipedia discussions, and examines methods of fixing the problem when found in article content.”

    Wikipedia:Too long; didn’t read, “This page in a nutshell: Be concise.” and “I have made this letter longer than usual, because I lack the time to make it short.”(Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provinciales (1656-1657)

    I agree with Ursula that commenting “TLDR” is quite rude. If you did didn’t read the piece, you’re not qualified to comment, so leave without commenting. Also agree on the use of acronyms. (edited here to make comment shorter 😉 )

    I often pass on some posts or articles that are too long, usually because it’s on something I’m not interested in or on something that I already know about and there’s not enough new material to make it interesting.
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    • Mike, you would not leave a comment TLDR on someone’s blog post when you have not read it would you? I don’t think that any of us would. It would be downright rude. Better not to comment at all.

      • Mike says:

        I wouldn’t, of course. However, there are a lot of very rude people online. Fortunately, they seem to stay away from most of the blogs I read.
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  5. If I’m really engaged, I can read forever. But I have skimmed lots of things because I though that they were pointlessly long. I guess that falls under the TLDR category.
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