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    Acronyms

    Got one of our (broken) proxy servers servers (Volera) back from a school today. Some wag had taped to the top of it:-

    F requent
    U se
    C aused
    T echnical
    D iffuculties

    Well it made me laugh anyway!

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    Airline Acronyms

    To extend the acronym thread here are some which I found amusing [TWA a 'little' out of date!]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

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    What's a wag?! lol

    my fave is FUBAR!
    Last edited by Little-Miss; 16th November 2008 at 05:19 PM.

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    A couple of oldies...

    M ost
    A pplications
    C rash
    I f
    N ot
    T he
    O perating
    S ystem
    H angs


    P eople
    C an't
    M emorise
    C omputer
    I ndustry
    A cronyms

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    What's a wag?! lol
    [Perhaps shortened from wag-halter a rogue.] A man full of sport and humor; a ludicrous fellow; a humorist; a wit; a joker.

    Wag-halter: One who moves or wears a halter; one likely to be hanged.

    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    my fave is FUBAR!
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post

    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.
    Ooh, that's a new one to me! Like it! Thanks for the explanation Dave!

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    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.

    CD-ROM:
    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.

    Enjoy

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    NSFW?: Some "Rude" Acronyms

    Here are some I have culled from the following website:

    Link

    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]
    BANANA
    BDU
    BMW
    BOHICA
    BURP
    CHAV
    CRAFT
    DRTAGTSTW
    2FC/2
    FIGJAM
    GOLF
    HIVI [Having seen that defined I had to include it: The wife is standing right here!]
    LOMBARD
    MUPPET
    OSINTOT
    PICNIC
    SABU
    SPEW
    SUMO
    TLR
    UBI
    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

    or:

    Let Us Free The Hostages And Not Shoot Anyone

    or:

    Let Us Feel The Hostesses And Not Say Anything

    QANTAS: Queers And Nancies Trained As Stewards

    or:

    Quench A Nagging Thirst And Sleep

    or:

    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

    or:

    Thousands Wandering Aimlessly

    or:

    Terrorists Welcome Aboard

    or:

    The Worst Airline

    or:

    Try Walking Across

    or:

    Teeny Weeny Airlines

    or:

    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)]

    ADIDAS
    DHL

    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.

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    VISTA - Viruses, Intrusions, Spyware, Trojans, Adware

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    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    IBM > I Blame Microsoft
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    For example, RAM is an acronym, but CPU is not an acronym
    Accepted. I should have been more accurate/specific.

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    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.

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    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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