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I'll be honest: I've never understood the point of saying an acronym out loud to another person. Aside from the aforementioned still-common favorites, many acronyms that were bgb in the '90s are rarely encountered today. Why did they fall out of favor?

Largely because they were pegged to technology or social conventions that are now outmoded. But hey, at least we can keep the past alive ourselves, right? However, like many kids who came of age alongside the Internet, I was also taught that regardless as to how anyone answered that question, there was brb chat room any way to know whether they were telling hcat truth; as such, it was imperative that I never reveal anything about my actual self on the Internet, ever.

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Apparently we also have MIDI to thank for modern dance and electronic music. MIDIs could be fun brb chat room their own, too, though, particularly in the pre-Pandora and iTunes days — that is, before actual music was readily available on the Internet. I used to spend a disgusting amount of time on a site specializing in MIDIs of popular songs — I think it was called MIDI Heaven, but my memory is a little foggy sorry, I'm old — listening to a weird combination of Top 40 hits, the cuat rock my dad raised me on, and showtunes, because hi, theatre person here.

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No regrets. As for why it was so widespread in the '90s… well, I'm actually not totally clear on that, brb chat room. Most of us probably recognize it as Tigger's catchphrase; the character was obviously around long before chst, though A. Milne's The House at Pooh Cornerin which Cat makes his debut, was originally published inand Disney's version of the tales debuted inso it's a little bit of a mystery.

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