Saturday, February 8, 2020

"It's Not Empty. It's Resting"

Whenever I find an empty milk carton in the refrigerator or other empty item of packaging put back neatly on the shelf, I can’t help but construct a narrative what transpired. Most often it is merely that someone was in a hurry. Other times I imagine that the person assumed that the crumbs or drops remaining might have future utility in some bizarre context.

As this happens every so often, I’m trying to find a nifty TLA (three-letter acronym) to describe the phenomena. Here’s my thinking thus far:

  • Empty Package Syndrome = EPS
  • Trash Not Acknowledged = TNA
  • Not My Responsibility = NMR
  • Inattention to Reality = ITR
  • It’s Not Empty = INE
  • What. No. Way. =WNW

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