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As a child, Haven enjoyed learning everything they could about many subjects, though the best resource was her grandma’s old stack of encyclopedias in those days. Today, Haven still likes to know a bit about everything. When they're not researching information for their posts or flexing that history degree, Haven's going through the quizzes of other authors on the site - because this is where the facts are found! Visitors to our site turn to Haven's fun and factual articles to learn about all kinds of things, from do-it-yourself ideas to the wider world. Those who prefer to get their facts in article format can find Haven all across the web, as well.
Acronyms were used in Rome before the Christian era! To get an idea of it, the official name of the Roman Empire was abbreviated as SPQR (Senatus Populusque Romanus). There are also some really old inscriptions on stone and coins that jam pack acronyms on there to make room for all that needs to be said. For example, "F" was used for filius, which meant "son of," a very common part of memorial inscriptions.
Even the old biblical scripts had many abbreviations to save room since they had to write on stone tablets. Words like "God" (Θεός), "Jesus" (Ιησούς), and "Christ" (Χριστός), would be written using only the first and last letters. This would save not just material, but valuable time.
In fact, this is where the Jesus fish began. It was an easy to inscribe symbol of Christ. It was used because fish in Greek is ichthys (ΙΧΘΥΣ), which stands for Ἰησοῦς Χριστός Θεοῦ Υἱός Σωτήρ (Iesous CHristos THeou hUios Soter: "Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior").
Ask anyone who uses the Jewish Bible, and they can name more than a few acronyms in their Bible that are still used today. So it’s true you can say that the Romans created acronyms and text talk while the Hebrews and Greeks popularized it.
Oddly enough, it wasn’t until the 19th century, that the American and European businesses and citizens started using acronyms! Even though they may be more useful than the wheel! Today, nearly every business in existence has an acronym, and we unknowingly use them every single day! It’s all Greek to us!
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