Editor ponders another burning question – barbecue…or BBQ!
To barbecue or to BBQ. You might even bbq, or you might just BarbieQ. Okay, I made up the last one, but I reckon if someone published it widely enough, it would catch on, yet another crime against the English language with which to batter a general public which has enough problems spelling as it is, without marketeers turning us all into illiterates.
This month’s rant, you will note, is against the use of BBQ as a word, which it patently is not, it being a three-letter abbreviation of a perfectly serviceable word which many people appear not to be able to bring themselves to write out in full. But why? When did such literary laziness become a thing?
I ask because I found myself – horror of horrors – typing this three-letter abomination while writing a piece about barbecuing for this edition. And if a grammar pedant like me can fall into this trap, there you have proof of the power of the marketing which surrounds us in every big-name supermarket.
If BBQ is now a word, why not save precious time by paring down great swathes of our vocabulary to consonants only? Why not? BKS it’s a SLPRY slope, that’s Y, dear RDR!
So, I rapidly hit delete on the BBQ which had inexplicably sprung from my keyboard and replaced it with the word barbecue before lying down for the rest of the afternoon in a darkened room. There, I dreamt of a world where every word is properly spelled, every letter is pronounced with precision, and everyone loves grammar as much as I do.
Then I went out and lit the barbie. Enjoy!