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Many cliches and expressions - and words - have fascinating and surprising origins, and many popular assumptions about meanings and derivations are mistaken.
These cliches, words and expressions origins and derivations illustrate the ever-changing complexity of language and communications, and are ideal free materials for word puzzles or quizzes, and team-building games.
Cars would automatically lock or trigger alarms if any attempt was made to hot wire them.
Ignition keys also began to come with built-in computer chips, making them harder to copy.
Cliches and expressions are listed alphabetically according to their key word, for example, 'save your bacon' is listed under 'b' for bacon.
Some expressions with two key words are listed under each word.
Commonly used wherever people get online -- including IMing, SMSing, cell phones, Blackberries, PDAs, Web sites, games, newsgroup postings, in chat rooms, on blogs, or on social media -- these abbreviations are used by people around the world to communicate with each other.
Net Lingo is also tracking a global list of worldwide text terms and international online jargon!
The difference between acronyms and shorthand is that with acronyms, (for example, 'ESP' is an initialism for 'extra sensory perception' whereas 'esp. The online practice is to refer to shorthand, initialisms, or abbreviations as acronyms.
Cliches and expressions give us many wonderful figures of speech and words in the English language, as they evolve via use and mis-use alike.
The actual definition of an acronym and text shorthand is here.