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PDA

noun; acronym
Public display of affection. Acronyms come in handy when the expression is just too long to be repeated over and over again. That’s especially true in speech but also in writing. PDA is not an acronym distinct to Rice—I’ve heard it before—but this is the first time I’ve seen it in print. That’s probably because the Thresher is the only publication I read that has lax (or really no) standards. Improper abbreviations are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their brand of journalism. PDA is primarily used for convenience, but it also has a negative connotation, which Urus clearly intended to capture. She took issue with students’ public display of affection, and PDA may have more negativity surrounding it than the entire phrase. And it sure saves a lot of words in print when you are fighting a word limit.
 
Conceited columnist wrong about PDA.
Etymology : acronym from Public Display of Affection
Source : Rice Thresher, Letters to the Editor
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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