Please, no more SS! #general

Judith Romney Wegner

After all our recent discussion about avoiding the use of the abbreviation
SS to refer to social security, I can hardly believe that someone just
posted a message which referred -- of all things -- to "the ss death
register" (or maybe it was "the ss death index" -- I forget which and
cannot retrieve the message which I trashed immediately).

Believe it or not, in the fraction of a second that it took to read those
words, I automatically assumed that the writer was referring to an actual
SS death register -- and did not realize my mistake until I had finished
reading the message!

Younger Jgenners may find it difficult to empathize with this, but it
really is an automatic and very unpleasant gut reaction that many seniors
do have to those initials -- especially when followed immediately by the
word "death" as happened here! So, please, please, please, could we make
a point of saying and writing either SSA or Soc.Sec. -- both of which were
suggested during the recent discussion. Thank you for your understanding.

Judith Romney Wegner

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