Reading people’s comments on Katie’s post about the Book of Mormon (https://burningatthestake.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/the-thing-about-the-book-of-mormon-is (WordPress is very upset about the idea of me properly linking words these days for no good reason)) made me think about the ways that people abbreviate the Book of Mormon.
I think there is a right way and a wrong way. And I am hereby calling all the wrong-way abbreviators to repentance and a new, better way of life.
When you shorten the Book of Mormon, you should write BoM, with a capital B and a capital M and a lower case O. BOM is wrong. BoM is right.
Here’s why: when abbreviating words, it is customary to not include the extraneous words (the, and, a, an, and of, for example). Now, if you did this with the Book of Mormon, you would shorten it to BM. Given the shitty association (hee!) that this abbreviation would cause, it really needs to get ruled out, and the O is the obvious thing to disassociate the Book of Mormon from going poop.
However, the ‘of’ is still not a word that ought to get its own letter in the abbreviation. As we are giving it one purely to not be confusing ourselves about whether we’re quoting people’s scripture or potty talk, the letter should be lower-case. Thus, BoM.
I would further argue that if you insist on saying that it should be BOM and that the difference between BoM and BOM doesn’t matter, I have two things to say. First, if think that typing BOM makes for easier typewriting, you are wrong. If you are typing properly, it should actually be easier, or just as easy, to produce a lower-case O. When you type your capital B, you should be using the shift button on the right side of the keyboard, and when you type the M, you should be using the shift on the left side of the keyboard. The O would use the shift on the left side too, but you could actually type (marginally) faster if you do not push it for the O, but type the O while getting your pinky finger ready to shift.
Second, if you were to properly abbreviate the Book of Mormon using a capital O, technically, you should give attention to the the, thus abbreviating TBOM. Not including the the will hurt its feelings and it will betray you in a moment of need. The word the is fickle like that. And it has a long memory. TRUST ME. I’ve been burned before by this. Also, not only will your ‘the’ be hurt by your favoritism, but TBOM looks dumb. And since nobody does that, nobody will understand what you’re saying. It’s a real problem.
So, let’s all get on the BoM bandwagon and cont. to use approp. abbrs. in all of our blogging.