First I’d like to acknowledge that my job has acronyms that Mrs Grendel can’t understand. But that is no excuse at all for her to take up a hobby with acronyms and terms that require months, yes months of intensive study to master.
This isn’t helped by the fact that scrapbookers also use their own shorthand when chatting on the internet or SMS’ing each other. I am sure that some of these abbreviations have caused misunderstandings leading to relationship breakdowns over innocent conversations between scrappers misinterpreted by dull witted scraphusbands.
I’ve often been asked what Mrs Grendel does – “well” I explain, “She’s a scrapper”. They look at me with pity in their eyes, either because they think she likes to fight all the time or because they too are married to a scrapbooker and understand exactly what I mean.
So one day I overhear a conversation between Mrs Grendel and another scrapper – they are talking about ‘Triads’. This I understand, Chinese organised crime. I’ve read books, I’ve seen reports – I am with this topic. Then they are choosing triads – choosing triads? WTF is going on? Oh – a colour wheel, apparently triads are three complimentary colours on a colour wheel, not heavily tattooed Asian mafia.
Or it may be that you pass by the computer and see a chat like:
“Mrs Grendel: Oh yeah, the MIL and SIL were here on the weekend, I made them a LO, but SIL is a CMC and frowns at anything not made with CM product.
Mrs Grendel’s Friend: What a PITA, CMC can be so uptight about non CM stuff – I was ROTFLPIMP the other day when my friend “X” who is a CMC was won a BG product pack from a challenge at the crop night.
Mrs Grendel: I bet we start seeing a few RAK packs from her then with BG stuff in.”
Now I don’t know about you, but as far as I could see they might be talking about scrapbooking or planning a government take-over. Either way, I recommend staying out of the scrapbooking room!