Recently, I heard a sports-writer-turned-sports-commentator use a cliche, which one tends to do when talking on air, where the worst thing one can do is produce dead air, not dead words. But then, aware of his action, he adorned the cliche with an acronym - BAU - no doubt in the hope that this would help legitimize his "business as usual."
It occurred to me that, as people's speech becomes increasingly rote and unimaginative, we could all start communicating in acronyms. This is already happening in written English - OMG, LOL - and it's only a matter of time (OAMOT) before we stop speaking in words.
Watching a tieless Brian Williams anchor the NBC Nightly News from Havana's malecon the other night made me think of an earlier journalistic delegation to the city.
Back in the '90s, the top management of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel traveled to Cuba for talks about opening a bureau in the capital. They took along with them a feature writer, Enrique Fernandez, who was Cuban-American.
After arrival at their hotel, the Nacional I believe, they went to their respective rooms to change. Rejoining the group in the lobby, Enrique - in casual business attire befitting the capital of a major country - found his colleagues in shorts and leisure shirts.
For all its Spanish influence, Miami lacks a central plaza. So, in an even odder development, residents are turning the highways into popular gathering spots. Late last year, people marched on 195 to protest against police brutality in Missouri. Last night, hundreds of bikers turned I-95 into their own personal track in homage, some claimed, to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It does show foresight since, with rising seas, our highways may eventually be the only public spaces above water.