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What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Dakun » Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:40 am UTC

And why?

I've always been partial to RADAR but I like saying AFK at work and not having anyone understand.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby apeman5291 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:04 am UTC

I always forget what "afk" means, because the only friend I have who uses it also has AFK as his initials.

My favorite, though, would have to be "l.o.l.", but pronounced "lawl" when spoken. It has so many uses.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby blackrose » Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:28 am UTC

EKO

Not really an acronym, more of a play off of the greek system and their "letters". It stands for the eco-housing program at my school.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby ethraax » Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:31 am UTC

apeman5291 wrote:My favorite, though, would have to be "l.o.l.", but pronounced "lawl" when spoken. It has so many uses.

I do this too to some of my friends, mostly ones I've met online.

I don't know if I could pick a favorite acronym, but WYSIWYG is up there, with ASCII.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:51 am UTC

Laser. I mean, come on. It's a cool sounding word and an acronym. Most people don't even know it's an acronym.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby ninjacore » Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:04 am UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:Laser. I mean, come on. It's a cool sounding word and an acronym. Most people don't even know it's an acronym.


I'm fond of that one also.

Another good one is YTMND from the site. It's so random!
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Maseiken » Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:05 am UTC

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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby cygnus » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:08 am UTC

DILLIGAF is great. pity so few people know what it means.

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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby JimBot! » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:20 am UTC

For ages, people at my office would tell me to cheer up, today is POETS day, and I had no idea what they were on about.

Apparently it's 'Piss Off Early, Tomorrow is Saturday'.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Luthen » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:14 am UTC

ACRONYM? My favourite is probably a tie between WWBHD and WWMD.

Points also to SOHCAHTOA and SHEEP(T)

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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby mrbaggins » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:17 am UTC

TWAIN is a great technology.

I also like wtf? (lowercase only though. not a fan of the caps)
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Voco » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:18 am UTC

SCUBA! It's just fun to say.

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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby rnew » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:21 am UTC

My favourite acronym is MF as used by my housemate. For everything. Of course it is short for Mother-Fucking.
But then he initials the next thing aswell, and you have to work out what he's on about.

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"What's on MFTV?"
"DO you want some MFCT?" (chinese takeaway)
"I need an MFS" (shit)
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:42 pm UTC

LAZER. Because the American language is stupid. :lol:
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby JBJ » Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:00 pm UTC

YGBSM, always a classic.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby philsov » Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:10 pm UTC

Probably FUBAR.

After that it's a tie between NIMBY and TANSTAAFL.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Bakemaster » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:21 pm UTC

Tough question. When I see the FTD flower delivery commercials or vans I always think "faster than dark?" POTUS confused me for a good while before I either looked it up or figured it out. JFGI is amusing.

I'm gonna have to go with xkcd, though, just because nobody else has been an insufferable brown-nosing snarkypants in this thread yet.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Kidiri » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:29 pm UTC

PHP, just because of the recursion.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby kaitou » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:38 pm UTC

TLA.

I'm also fond of WYSIWTF, which is the best description of too many word processing programs.

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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby wst » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:39 pm UTC

Kidiri wrote:PHP, just because of the recursion.
That's a bit like WINE then.

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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Osha » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:39 pm UTC

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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Chuff » Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:14 am UTC

TWEWY!
Fun to say phonetically and an awesome game.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby CVSoul » Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:26 am UTC

USB. Everyone uses it ALL the time, but very few people actually know what it stands for.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:57 am UTC

Do USB, xkcd, etc, count? I thought acronyms had to be pronounceable.

Yes, this is pedantry, but this is xkcd.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Hit3k » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:10 am UTC

I'm a fan of M.A.D. I just think the whole concept of M.A.D is brilliant.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby ethraax » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:15 am UTC

Hit3k wrote:I'm a fan of M.A.D. I just think the whole concept of M.A.D is brilliant.

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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Orca » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:21 am UTC

SNAFU

Because so many people who hate cursing use it and don't realize what it literally means.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Maseiken » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:35 am UTC

...I can never remember what SNAFU means.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Luthen » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:55 am UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:Do USB, xkcd, etc, count? I thought acronyms had to be pronounceable.

Yes, this is pedantry, but this is xkcd.

If we're going to be pedantic, do we need to mention that:
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It's not actually an acronym. It's just a word with no phonetic pronunciation -- a treasured and carefully-guarded point in the space of four-character strings.


But I wasn't aware that acronyms had to be pronounceable, though generally they're more memorable if they are.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Jorpho » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:58 pm UTC

mrbaggins wrote:TWAIN is a great technology.
Darn, I was going to say that. Now I shall have to find something else to contribute tot this thread.

How about the recent PhD strip on the subject?
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Bakemaster » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:30 am UTC

Luthen wrote:If we're going to be pedantic, do we need to mention that:
About Page wrote:What does XKCD stand for?
It's not actually an acronym. It's just a word with no phonetic pronunciation -- a treasured and carefully-guarded point in the space of four-character strings.

We certainly do; but if we're going to do it right, we also need to mention that:
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And no, pronounceability is not a general requirement:
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As wartime production of names using initials reached an all-time high, it was high time to give a name to the growing arsenal of alphabetic abbreviations. That need was met in a note in the February 1943 issue of American Notes and Queries: "Your correspondent who asks about words made up of the initial letters or syllables of other words may be interested in knowing that I have seen such words called by the name acronym, which is useful, and clear to anyone who knows a little Greek."

Greek? Yes, acronym follows the model of other designations for types of words, like synonym, antonym, and homonym. The -nym means "a kind of word"; acro- means "top, peak, or initial," as in acrobat or acrophobia. Sometimes scholars distinguish between initialisms, which are simply a series of letters pronounced one after the other, like USA (1795 as "United States of America," 1848 as "U.S. Army"), GOP (Grand Old Party, 1883), IQ (1916), and GI (1917), and hard-core acronyms, which are initials pronounced as a separate word, like WAC (a member of the Women's Army Corps, 1943), Snafu (1944), and radar (radio detection and ranging, 1941). In general use, however, these are all called acronyms.

And what were the acronyms so busily produced during World War II? Initialisms ranged from PX (post exchange, 1941) to V.D. (venereal disease, 1942) and included the names of numerous agencies such as OPA (Office of Price Administration), OSS (Office of Strategic Services, predecessor of the present CIA or Central Intelligence Agency), and WPB (War Production Board). Acronyms pronounced as words included CARE (Cooperative for American Relief in Europe, 1945) at war's end, and after the war NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1949). Soon after the establishment of the U.N. (United Nations fighting the Axis, 1942) a plethora of acronyms, some of the quite long, blossomed. Two of the longer ones are UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, 1945) and UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1943).
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:36 am UTC

My apologies. I thought an acronym was a word made out of other words--like laser and the like--whereas something like, say, USSR, would just be an abbreviation.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Sarr » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:39 am UTC

Maseiken wrote:...I can never remember what SNAFU means.
I'm fairly sure it's "Situation Normal All Fucked Up"

WYSIWYG is a good one, just for how it's pronounced.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby SlyReaper » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:05 pm UTC

XKCD isn't even an abbreviation though is it? Let alone an acronym.

I have a huge list of abbreviations and acronyms stored here on my work computer for reference. My line of work is FULL of acronyms and abbreviations. Alas, I'd probably get in trouble if I posted them.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby the_bandersnatch » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:45 pm UTC

I love TANSTAAFL* - it just feels good to say.

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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Meowgan » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:47 pm UTC

S.P.E.W. - Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare.

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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby canoemoose » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:22 pm UTC

kaitou wrote:TLA


Meaning, of course, Three Letter Acronym.

It has friends, less widely known:

ETLA: Extended Three Letter Acronym, as obviously a four letter acronym can't be represented by a three letter one.

EETLA: Expanded Extended Three Letter Acronym, for the same reasons as above.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Not A Raptor » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:34 pm UTC

ROFL has a place in my heart... mostly because you can imagine somebody making a muffled "rofl" noise if they hit something whilst rolling.
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Sungura » Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:02 pm UTC

WLOG
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Re: What is your favorite acronym?

Postby Amarantha » Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:51 am UTC

Meowgan wrote:S.P.E.W. - Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare.

Because Harry Potter is real life.
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