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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Amos
Date: 03 Jul 01 - 04:12 PM

We also use PWO of late arounde here-- for Pants-Wetting Opportunity -- thanks to Sorcha The Malevolent!!!


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Crazy Eddie
Date: 04 Jul 01 - 01:52 AM

Dave O, Call me a pedant ("You're a pedant"), but there is at least one more short-form: the portmanteau word.

Take the first part of one word, and the last part of another, stick them together to form a new word.

"Motorists Hotel" shortened to MOTEL.


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Ralphie
Date: 04 Jul 01 - 03:58 AM

I'd just like to mention one of my faves, often to be found at the bottom of doctors notes in hospitals in East Anglia (UK)... NFN......Normal for Norfolk Regards Ralphie


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Jul 01 - 02:28 AM

Hey, BG, that PWO thing is mine! If my bes/bud's using it, she got it from me!

Along with the seldom used anymore:

} : ~ *>) kiss on the cheek

This ought to be clickable from the FAQ. O'biviously.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: pavane
Date: 05 Jul 01 - 03:25 AM

Airlines have a set all of their own, for the various competitors etc. Examples include SABENA (Such A Bloody Experience Never Again, and BCA (British Caledonian Airways) = Best C**t Aloft. But I don't suppose you really wanted to know that.


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: BlueJay
Date: 05 Jul 01 - 10:59 PM

I'm surprised no one has mentioned ROTFLMAOWLSOOMN.
Rolling on the floor, laughing my ass of with lunch spewing out of my nose!


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Ralphie
Date: 06 Jul 01 - 04:10 AM

Not to mention TV systems
USA.....NTSC (Never Twice the Same Color)
USSR/Europe....SECAM (System Essentially Contrary to the American Method)
UK......PAL (Prolongs Active Life)
Sorry..a bit techie that!
Ralphie


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: YOR
Date: 06 Jul 01 - 03:56 PM

I thought I knew what most of them were!

Until this thread came along.

I always thought LOL was 'Love it or Leave It'.

IMH-SA-O 'Stubborn Assed' or 'Sorry Assed'.

Roy


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: MMario
Date: 06 Jul 01 - 04:07 PM

And I just notice that one of the most frquent MudCat usages isn't listed here.

PM = Personal Message ~ not available unless you are a memeber - but highly useful.


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Crane Driver
Date: 11 Oct 01 - 04:56 PM

Personally, I'm a member of CRAPA - Committed Resistance Against Preposterous Acronyms.

Don't suppose it will catch on though


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Oct 01 - 06:40 PM

An acronym is a word is a word is a word, to paraphrase Edith Sitwell. Netlingo is the bin into which much of what has been posted here should be consigned. Snafu is an acronym. ROFLMAO is NOT but ROFALMAO is. Crane Driver, sign me up as a charter member of CRAPA.


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Oct 01 - 06:56 PM

Geez dicho....Not enough grit in your oatmeal? I mean Oxford defines it as an abbreviation consisting of the first letters of each word in the name of something, pronounced as a word. Okay, so I'll pronounce it Roflumayo. (:<))

You're right though, technically an acronym should come out as a word the same way that pedantic & old & fart are all words!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Oct 01 - 07:52 PM

Gimme the roffle but hold the mayo, please.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: GUEST,Firecat
Date: 12 Oct 01 - 07:54 AM

Actually, according to my friend's keyring, BITCH stands for
Being
In
Total
ControlHim


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Wolfgang
Date: 12 Oct 01 - 08:17 AM

Hmm, if pronounceability is the defining feature (or better whether it is actually pronounced as a word) then that would make
SKRZ
an abbreviation nearly everywhere and an acronym in Serbia and Croatia.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Paul from Hull
Date: 12 Oct 01 - 09:28 PM

Wolfgang.......*ROTFLMBO*

Apparently another 'Wartime' one, that hasnt been mentioned so far was 'BURMA' -

Be

Upstairs

Ready

My

Angel


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: catspaw49
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 09:49 AM

Refresh for greg Stephens

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Feb 02 - 10:06 AM

You're a mean bastard sometimes, Pat


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 08 May 02 - 09:10 AM

i keep seeing references to the neil young center for the permanently screwed

what is this place? is it real or virtual?


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Edmund
Date: 08 May 02 - 10:15 PM

In WWll we were subjected to a class on aircraft identification .. kinda funny as we were going through basic training in the horse cavalry at the time .. (yes I DO mean HORSE) ..
The instructor advised us that we were learning the WEFT system ... wings .. engine .. fuselage .. and tail
It didn't take long for us to decide that it really should be ... wrong.. every .. fucking .. time
Edmund


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 09 May 02 - 05:51 AM

Ralphie: PAL; Prolongs active life.
This doesn't belong with SECAM & NTSC. The PAL referred to was the advertising slogan of the dog food of that name!


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: GUEST,Mr Red
Date: 09 May 02 - 07:10 AM

Happiness
If you can't read the signs maybe that's 'cos you are on the inside already!!!


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 22 May 02 - 08:44 AM

do you have to be an insider [in cider?] to know this?


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 22 May 02 - 11:18 AM

Paul from Hull:
BURMA = Be Undressed and Ready My Angel:

Mr Red: CHINA = Come Home, I need Affection


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 24 May 02 - 12:31 AM

How does ORD translate to "Chicago's Ohare Field" ???

Airport disignations seem out of left field or something.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: DaveJ
Date: 24 May 02 - 11:11 AM

Art,

My understanding of the Ohare Field's designation as "ORD" came at the time of it's building. The area that it was built on use to be an apple ORCHARD.

DaveJ


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Burke
Date: 18 Feb 03 - 08:54 PM

Refresh, I've seen 2 question about acronymns recently.


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 18 Feb 03 - 09:20 PM

Those are not acronyms; they are initialisms.

An acronym is pronounced as a word, like NASA.

An initialism is pronounced as the individual letters, like USA, IRS, and LOL. I don't know what the proper name is for collections of initials which are not done either way, like LMFAO.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Cluin
Date: 18 Feb 03 - 09:43 PM

How about GOAGSFFAA?


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Cluin
Date: 18 Feb 03 - 09:44 PM

(Go Outside And Get Some Fucking Fresh Air Already)

;)


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Burke
Date: 18 Feb 03 - 09:55 PM

I stand corrected.

How do people read LMFAO, or more politely LOL? If I really read them as if they were spelled out, I guess they'd be abbreviations. Just kind of weird ones. (see your previous message) Here's the OED's definition of Abbreviation: A shortened form of a spoken word, or written symbol; a part of a word or symbol standing for the whole.

What do you call MMM, which was always called 3M & finally changed it's name?


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 18 Feb 03 - 10:47 PM

JenEllen mentioned "WOBH" in passing way back at the beginning of this thread, but its meaning was never revealed. It's used far too commonly around here to not be on this list.

WOBH - Whale Oil Beef Hooked! (Say it real fast)

As in:

MRfish!
M8n't.
SMR! CDEDBD1s?
Whale Oil Beef Hooked! MRfish!

And, as to whether it's an acronym, an initialism, or just a bunch of letters: WGAFF?

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Amos
Date: 18 Feb 03 - 10:51 PM

:O:!!

MR mice!
MR not!
OSAR2--CDEDBD feet?
OMR mice!

A


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Cluin
Date: 19 Feb 03 - 02:30 AM

M R Ducks
M R Nott
M R 2 Cedar Wings
Whale Oil Beef Hooked! M R Ducks A?


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 19 Feb 03 - 04:30 AM

In my part of England it ends like this (probably works for Scousers too):

DARD?
RDR!
etc.

Glossary:
D = "Day" (BlackCountry) or "Dee" (Liverpool)
A = A[in't]
R = (1) are, (2) Arr, as in "Ooh arr" [Oh Aye]

Life gets complicated, don't it?

Steve


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: JennyO
Date: 19 Feb 03 - 10:49 AM

Of course you've heard of CRAFT disease (can't remember a fuckin' thing)


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Burke
Date: 19 Feb 03 - 03:40 PM

Jenny, I usually use CRS syndrome. Can't Remember Shit!


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: JennyO
Date: 19 Feb 03 - 09:29 PM

Then there's old-timer's disease and "having a senior moment", but they don't belong here.

CRAFT or CRS (thanks Burke) will do me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! ;-)

I've also heard people tuning their guitars say TSAR (that sounds about right).

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Nov 03 - 03:37 PM

OK, so what's a BLOG? I take it that it's some sort of biography or curriculum vitae or personal Web page, but I think I'm missing some of the implications of this word.

Please explain, so I can understand when my children talk. It may help me understand Clinton better, too...

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Nov 03 - 04:33 PM

Web Log run together as "Blog"

a personal journal written out there where anyone in the world can read it.

Blogarama is a directory, as is Blogwise.

SRS (mother of a teenaged daughter-blogger)


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Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
From: NightWing
Date: 13 Nov 03 - 05:08 PM

And, in the Web world, all of these are referred to as TLAs (Three-Letter Acronyms), even though many of them are, as pointed out here, not truly acronyms and, more obviously, many of them do not have three letters.

As a Help Desk professional, my favorite TLA remains IBWBIBWA: I've Been Wrong Before; I'll Be Wrong Again.

BB,

NightWing


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