Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Don't Write Off More Than U Have 2

What were the #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 list five and ten years ago this week?
  • 2001: 'U Remind Me' by Usher
  • 1996: 'How Do U Want It' / 'California Love' by 2Pac featuring K-Ci and JoJo / featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman
I expected a ton of TV ep titles to use the you/U word replacement since Prince has been doing it since 'Jack U Off' on his 1981 album, Controversy. There were surprisingly very few:
  • O, R-V, I N-V U (''Goof Troop,'' 9/14/1992)
  • Nothing Compares 2 U (''Doogie Howser, M.D.,'' 11/11/1992)
  • U Go Kart (''The PJs,'' 5/4/1999)
  • U Got the Look (''Degrassi: The Next Generation,'' 10/1/2003)
  • Lucky U (''Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks,'' 9/2/2004)
What about for/4, to/2 or too/2?
  • 2 Good 2 Be 4 Real (''Cheers,'' 11/14/1985)
  • 2 Hip 2 Work (''George,'' 11/6/1993)
  • 2 Good 2 B 4 Gotten (''Wings,'' 11/18/1993)
  • Back 2 School (''Boy Meets World,'' 9/23/1994)
  • Crazy 4 You (''The Wayans Brothers,'' 2/18/1999)
  • 2 Young, 2 Curious (''One on One,'' 10/14/2003)
  • 2 Punk 4 This: The Real World San Diego Reunion (''The Real World,'' 7/6/2004)
Who expected ''Cheers'' to be at the leading edge of pop culture abbreviations?

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