General Chat Thread, Acronyms in General; Got one of our (broken) proxy servers servers (Volera) back from a school today. Some wag had taped to the ...
16th November 2005, 03:09 PM #1
Got one of our (broken) proxy servers servers (Volera) back from a school today. Some wag had taped to the top of it:-
Well it made me laugh anyway!
16th November 2008, 03:49 PM #2
To extend the acronym thread here are some which I found amusing [TWA a 'little' out of date!]
Alitalia: Airplane Landed In Tokyo And Luggage In Atlanta
American: Airline Meals Eaten Regularly Induces Cramps and Nausea
Delta: Don't Ever Leave The Airport
El Al: Every Landing Always Late
Olympic: Onassis Likes Your Money Paid In Cash
Sabena: Such A Bad Experience - Never Again
TWA: That Was Awful
16th November 2008, 05:16 PM #3
What's a wag?! lol
my fave is FUBAR!
Last edited by Little-Miss; 16th November 2008 at 05:19 PM.
16th November 2008, 05:28 PM #4
A couple of oldies...
16th November 2008, 05:30 PM #5
[Perhaps shortened from wag-halter a rogue.] A man full of sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow; a humorist; a wit; a joker.
Originally Posted by Little-Miss
Wag-halter: One who moves or wears a halter; one likely to be hanged.
Another with a similar flavour is SNAFU. I read that some individuals like to daisy-chain such acronyms using SNAFU and FUBAR in the same sentence to describe the same mess/situation.
Originally Posted by Little-Miss
16th November 2008, 05:36 PM #6
Ooh, that's a new one to me! Like it! Thanks for the explanation Dave!
Originally Posted by DaveP
16th November 2008, 05:51 PM #7
Here's a few more for the list...
ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange):
Another System Crash Is Imminent.
BNFL (British Nuclear Fuels):
Buy No Fish Locally.
Compatible? Doesnít Run On Mine.
H2SO4 (Sulphuric Acid):
Help! Help! Searing!!!! Ouch, Ouch, Ouch, Ouch.
USAF (United States Air Force):
Usually Shooting At Friends.
CAD (Computer Aided Design):
Canít Anybody Draw ?
DoT (Department of Transport):
Disasters our Trademark.
LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation):
Looking At Source Erases Retina.
OPEC (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries):
Our Pollution Encompasses Continents.
R & D (Research and Development):
Redundancy and Dismissal.
16th November 2008, 06:19 PM #8
NSFW?: Some "Rude" Acronyms
Here are some I have culled from the following website:
I have not included definitions, you will have to look them up for yourselves! Although not all of the acronyms included here or on the website are "rude"
AHOYA [Although strictly that should be AHOTYA]
HIVI [Having seen that defined I had to include it: The wife is standing right here!]
WINDOWS [Mac fans who have not seen this one yet: Look it up]
Back to the supplementary part of my posting: Airline Acronyms [with definitions]
LUFTHANSA: Let Us Find The Hostess As No Steward Available
Let Us Free The Hostages And Not Shoot Anyone
Let Us Feel The Hostesses And Not Say Anything
QANTAS: Queers And Nancies Trained As Stewards
Quench A Nagging Thirst And Sleep
Quite A Nice Trip All Survived. (Originally Queensland And Northern Territory Air Service).
SWISSAIR: Sexy Women In Swissair Services Are Indeed Rare.
TWA: Travel With Anxiety
Thousands Wandering Aimlessly
Terrorists Welcome Aboard
The Worst Airline
Try Walking Across
Teeny Weeny Airlines
Third World Airlines.
Band name acronyms [without definitions (none of the definitions reflect how I, Edugeek or the website carrying the definition "feel" about the product I am sure)]
Have to finish the post there: Local "interruption" is demanding my attention.
Last edited by DaveP; 16th November 2008 at 06:34 PM.
Reason: Correct spelling mistake.
16th November 2008, 06:32 PM #9
VISTA - Viruses, Intrusions, Spyware, Trojans, Adware
16th November 2008, 07:55 PM #10
A very old one... popular at the time when Big Blue managed a 4 billion dollar loss... and people like me were supporting mainframes.
IBM > I Blame Microsoft
16th November 2008, 07:59 PM #11
Pet peeve of mine that I will now impart to you all: an abbreviation such as those above is not an acronym unless it's pronounced as a single word.
For example, RAM is an acronym, but CPU is not an acronym (unless you are strange and pronounce it kuh-poo or something). It is instead a different type of abbreviation, called an initialism.
16th November 2008, 08:01 PM #12
When I worked for them I remember an email doing the rounds that had about 20 different definitions on it. Only ones I can remember other than your one were "I'm Being Managed", an allusion to many people having multiple managers, and "I've Been Moved", referring to the frequent re-organisations.
Originally Posted by elsiegee40
16th November 2008, 08:04 PM #13
Accepted. I should have been more accurate/specific.
Originally Posted by AngryTechnician
16th November 2008, 08:49 PM #14
I think it counts as an acronym if it is said as a word even if there is no such word. NAAFI. No Ambition And F****all Interest.
17th November 2008, 08:44 AM #15
Oh, absolutely - the word doesn't have to exist already, so long as it's pronounced as one rather than saying each letter.
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