Rsum for R ésumé
thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 5 02:58:25 UTC 2010
Maybe the person who contributed that definition to Urban Dictionary saw the
stupid-platform shortening and assumed that it was an intentional
shortening. u no, lk txt msgs.
m a m
On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 2:56 PM, Michael McKernan <mckernan51 at gmail.com>wrote:
> Subscribing to the online NYT, I receive emails containing links to
> stories. For at least a year, I've been noticing that these NYT emails
> always substitute rsum for r=E9sum=E9. Thinking this was a "texting
> " or
> something like that, I ignored it until today, when I checked a bunch of
> emails against the actual stories in the online NYT. What I found was that
> while the email would read:
> Editor's Impact Begins With a Capital O
> By JEREMY W. PETERS
> Susan Casey's rsum includes chasing great white
> sharks, but her latest challenge is remaking O magazine.
> the actual text of the article would use r=E9sum=E9, complete with accent
> This made me realize that it was probably the email text generator which
> automatically removing the two accented e characters (unable to deal with
> them, I suppose) rather than a writer or editor deliberately choosing to
> A search of ADS-L archives does not show any discussion of rsum.
> But googling rsum does show some usage of this truncation (along with
> considerable discussion of the unrelated programming variable "rsum"):
> Resume Ideas For Accounting Infusing Your Accounting *Rsum* With
> Jul 24, 2010 *...* As the job market continues to be about as tight as an
> angry boa constrictor, you need to take a "YOU" attitude in your *rsum* and
> show quantifiable results *...*
> www.articlesnatch.com/Article/Resume-Ideas...*Rsum*.../1372658 -
> Watercooler: Rejuvenate *rsum* for job hunt | Technology > Software
> Jan 17, 2010 *...* Whether you're out of work or browsing for new
> opportunities, keeping your *rsum* fresh and available in the right online
> locations could help *...*
> www.allbusiness.com/labor-employment/human.../13741240-1.html -
> This second example turns out to be an AP story:
> Watercooler: Rejuvenate rsum for job huntBy TALI ARBEL, TALI ARBEL
> Associated Press
> Publication: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
> Date: Sunday, January 17
> While the online text for this article consistently uses "rsum," it's of
> course unclear if this is an automatic, software-generated truncation to
> avoid the accented-e characters.
> Some online sources list "rsum" as an abbreviation:
> Urban Dictionary: *rsum*<
> - 10:19am
> Dec 7, 2006 *...* buy *rsum* mugs, tshirts and magnets. Shorthand for
> "resume". "Send us your *rsum* via e-mail to apply for this position."
> www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=3D*rsum* -
> While there's not much to be gained, space-wise, from leaving out two
> characters, I suppose that for those typists fastidious enough to want to
> include the accents, rsum would offer considerable savings of effort.
> I'm curious about whether rsum has actually made a significant entrance
> the language of human speakers and writers, or if it is mostly an artifact
> of software limitations. Does anyone say "r-sum" instead of r=E9sum=E9?
> I'd also be interested to learn if anyone receives this email with all of
> carefully typed r=E9sum=E9s truncated to rsums.
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
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