Digital V-Cards.

I feel like I might be the only one who finds this sort of play on words funny, but I need to write about it.

In business I think some people forget that acronyms and other shortened names can be associated with things that aren’t so business-like. My favorite 2 examples of this are below:


In the world of business retail this means Point Of Sale, let’s refer to Wikipedia since it knows all: “Point of sale or point of service (POS or PoS) can mean a retail shop, a checkout counter in a shop, or the location where a transaction occurs. More specifically, the point of sale often refers to the hardware and software used for checkouts — the equivalent of an electronic cash register. Point of sale systems are used in supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, stadiums, and casinos, as well as almost any type of retail establishment.”

Now in my world after 5 and on weekends POS means Piece Of Shit, says: “It means piece of shit, and you use it towards anything that is worthless, AOL is a prime example.” So I ask the people that came up with the Point of Sale, did you really want people thinking your product was worthless?

The vCard

If you are a member on LinkedIn then you have seen the option to “Download vCard,” this provides a digital way to get a list of information about a contact or person. Wikipedia describes a vCard as: “vCard is a file format standard for electronic business cards. vCards are often attached to e-mail messages, but can be exchanged in other ways, such as on the World Wide Web. They can contain name and address information, phone numbers, URLs, logos, photographs, and even audio clips.”

In the world of non-business activities the vCard is something completely different. I call upon for their definition: “the virgin card. If you have your own card, you’re still a virgin. When you are devirginized, you give up your card to the devirginizer. If you have at least two cards, you’re a card collector.”

Because of the clashing definitions, and my current situation of living in both a professional and non-professional world I find myself letting out a little giggle (at least in my head) when hearing about this new technology. I can only imagine how many “card collectors” there would be in this world if acquiring a vCard was as easy as the image above.


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