SWMBO / PROC ? I've said this before and I'll say it again people use these "terms " in today's world have we now become so lazy that we now cannot speak or write properly ? Not everyone on this forum is hip to this new terminology let alone trying to figure out what is posted . I always try to help and offer opinions but when I try to read stuff like this it stops me dead in my tracks I have no idea what the original poster is talking about . Just the opinion of one old guy
Oh, dear, do forgive me, Sting Ya. I'm sorry for using such trendy acronyms and offending your sense of prose style.
In fact, as a former English teacher, I would never have let my students write like that, either.
But, somehow, automotive-forum prose style seems to be--not only different from past styles of written discourse--but also seems to be self-replicating. I am a member of probably a dozen margue or model-specific car and motorcycle forums, and I am probably not the only correspondent who tends to write the kind of stuff he reads.
To be specific, I learned the acronyms "SWMBO" and "PROC" (the latter of which does indeed stand for People's Republic Of China and which, like SWMBO, is indeed and acronym and not an initialism because it is pronounced as a word, even though it doesn't look like one) from reading other people's messages on a classic Triumph motorcycle board.
Surely, then I can be spared the contempt and disgust (yes, I'm being hyperbolic) of my kindred Sols (cute pun, what?) if I assumed that all gear-heads (that's a term for auto hobby enthusiasts, in case you were wondering...and yes, I'm being ironic, again) would understand these expressions as well as they would understand, say, "jugs" for motorcycle cylinder barrels, or "pucks" for disc brake pads.
Let's face it, this current form of verbal exchange is barely more than a couple of decades old, and has added a new and complex twist to the task of writing to one's audience. Who are my readers here? I have no clue. I am communicating instantly and simultaneously with umpteen-hundred-and-three individuals, of whom all I really know for sure is that they share with me an affinity for a particular model of automobile, as well as a desire to talk and/or (is that trope OK to use here?) write about them (the automobiles, not the tropes)--anyone of whom (the corespondents, not the automobiles) for all I know, will take umbrage at--not only my opinions--but even at my writing style, which (as i have tried to point out) isn't even always really mine.
So, quiz question: what American novelist (first half of the 20th century) am I imitating here--because, in fact, I am reading one of his books right now; and just like I can't help posting messages that read like posted messages I have I read, I can't help mimicking the style of the author I am currently reading in the bathroom as I sit on the crapper (that's a flush toilet, BTW (which is, by the way, an initialism for "By The Way") and is supposedly so-named because its inventor's name was Crapper, and not because crap is a colloquialism for the feces that go into the flush toilet) when I am not posting forum messages in forum style, but rather trying to express myself in my own words, which are not really mine, because no one's words are truly his or her own, but are only imitations of what he or she has learned/read.
Hint: One of his novels--indeed, the very one I am reading right now--was made into a movie in 1969 starring Steve McQueen (famous car and bike guy) and is, appropriately, about (at least in part) automobiles!
Now, Sting Ya, aren't you sorry you scoffed at me?
Oops! Is it OK to use an emoji? I mean, I don't own a smart phone and I can't text. But I sure as f****** h*** know what SWMBO and PROC mean!
Yeah! And also, I bet I'm older than you, and probably more culturally (though probably not politically) conservative than you, too. So there.
And about those asterisks in "f****** h***?" They stand for letters I don't want to write because I would be using inappropriate language--language that that is NSFW.
Go look it up.