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Acronym FAIL
« on: 29 Jun 2013, 22:56 »

This is a thread for acronyms that really, really should have been caught before they got into the wild.

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« Reply #1 on: 29 Jun 2013, 23:50 »

A neighbour of mine used to be a mobile repairman for an elevator company. His van was clearly labelled to show he was a member of the Fast Action Response Team.
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« Reply #2 on: 30 Jun 2013, 01:30 »

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« Reply #3 on: 30 Jun 2013, 04:18 »

The National Indian Gaming Association is a thing that exists and when they stay at hotels thry get custom key cards with the acronym on it. The acronym also was in use as an identifier in the system.
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« Reply #4 on: 30 Jun 2013, 04:20 »

 The FLDSMDFR.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 30 Jun 2013, 05:21 »

I'm always reminded of the GDR (it was gone before I was born, but we learn much about it in school). They had ridiculously long titles, which were still ridiculously long when shortened. Example: Erich Honecker was "Generalsekretär des Zentralkomitees der Sozialistischen Einheitspartei Deutschlands der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik", short "Generalsekräter des ZK der SED der DDR".

Reminds me of a german joke. These guys have an "AküFi". "Abkürzungsfimmel", which roughly translates to "obsessed with acronyms"…
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« Reply #6 on: 30 Jun 2013, 06:01 »

PIPA, which makes it hard when I want to search for pipa.
HPV, which is Health Purchasing Victoria, but also Human Papilloma Virus, which causes genital warts, among other things.
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« Reply #7 on: 30 Jun 2013, 08:27 »

Microsoft used to distribute security notices with the Critical Update Notification Tool.
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« Reply #8 on: 30 Jun 2013, 09:03 »

The military's over use of acronyms which are not themselves failures but come together with the rest of the military's unique vocabulary  to form a unique language of fail. It is funny to communicate to someone else who knows the dialect and confuse civilians though.
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« Reply #9 on: 30 Jun 2013, 09:16 »

Probably my favourite. Although very fitting.

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« Reply #10 on: 30 Jun 2013, 10:33 »

There is a Saint Luke United Methodist church.
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« Reply #11 on: 30 Jun 2013, 15:40 »

Then there are acronyms that are quickly tossed aside because of the embarrassing nature of them.

The United States Fleet was an organization in the United States Navy from 1922 until after World War II. The acronym CINCUS, pronounced "sink us", was used for Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet. This title was disposed of and officially replaced by COMINCH in December 1941 (for "Commander-in-Chief", U.S. Navy).

One can understand the rush to drop that acronym after December 7th.
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« Reply #12 on: 01 Jul 2013, 06:33 »

"You Only Live Once" is pretty much the same as "Seize The Day", but abbreviates better.
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« Reply #13 on: 01 Jul 2013, 07:00 »

There was a line in a show my wife did years ago, something about "I like Vic Damone, but I'm not going to get his initials tatooed on my back."

Another character responded, "Good thing."
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« Reply #14 on: 01 Jul 2013, 07:03 »


"K-K-K? That's not good..."
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« Reply #15 on: 05 Jul 2013, 00:43 »

Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia
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« Reply #16 on: 06 Jul 2013, 19:23 »

Reminds me of a german joke. These guys have an "AküFi". "Abkürzungsfimmel", which roughly translates to "obsessed with acronyms"…

Easily showcased by our fine armed forces, where we encounter such mythical beasts as the BeauftrSdAufgBwNL (Beauftragter für Sonderaufgaben im Bereich der Bundeswehr in den Neuen Ländern/Special representative for duties in relation to the Bundeswehr in the new federal states) or the KdoOpFüEingrKr (Kommando Operative Führung Eingreifkräfte/intervention forces command).

There are many many more. :psyduck:
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« Reply #17 on: 06 Jul 2013, 19:37 »

Yep. My grandfather being a "OStFw a.D.", "Oberstabsfeldwebel außer Dienst" and my father having been a "Lt. d.R.", "Leutnant der Reserve", I heard a lot of these abbreviations they have in the Bundeswehr.
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« Reply #18 on: 07 Jul 2013, 06:51 »

Pff. Germans have nothing on Soviet Russians. They used to take part of one word, parts(s) of other word(s) and glue them together.
A comparatively mild example is Politbureau, whereas more severe cases include kolhoz which is short for kollektivnoye hozaystvo (collective economy) or komsomol which is short for kommunisticheskiy soyuz molodezhi (communist union of the youth).

The most severe case listed on Wikipedia is "Росглавстанкоинструментснабсбыт" (transliterated and hyphenated: Ros-glav-stanko-instrument-snab-sbyt. Pronunciation here), which is the short, informal name for an institution formally called the "Главное управление по снабжению и сбыту станков, кузнечно-прессового оборудования, инструмента и абразивных изделий при Совете народного хозяйства РСФСР" - "Main Administration for Deployment and Distribution of Machines, Forging Equipment, Instruments and Abrasive Products at the Council of the National Economy of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialistic Republic".

Incidentally, it appears Lenin hated this kind of words, considering them to be bastardizing the beautiful Russian language. I cannot help but agree with him.
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« Reply #19 on: 07 Jul 2013, 08:11 »

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« Reply #20 on: 07 Jul 2013, 13:27 »

The most severe case listed on Wikipedia is "Росглавстанкоинструментснабсбыт" (transliterated and hyphenated: Ros-glav-stanko-instrument-snab-sbyt. Pronunciation here), which is the short, informal name for an institution formally called the "Главное управление по снабжению и сбыту станков, кузнечно-прессового оборудования, инструмента и абразивных изделий при Совете народного хозяйства РСФСР" - "Main Administration for Deployment and Distribution of Machines, Forging Equipment, Instruments and Abrasive Products at the Council of the National Economy of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialistic Republic".

My father had to deal with them in the 70's.  He was overseeing the installation of American-made abrasive equipment for the cleaning of forged engine blocks at the world's largest truck factory near Kazan.  He was there for about four months. 

...and it was converted to the world's largest tank factory in the 80's.   :roll:
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« Reply #21 on: 11 Jul 2013, 23:06 »

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« Reply #22 on: 11 Jul 2013, 23:17 »

Reminds me of a german joke. These guys have an "AküFi". "Abkürzungsfimmel", which roughly translates to "obsessed with acronyms"…

Easily showcased by our fine armed forces, where we encounter such mythical beasts as the BeauftrSdAufgBwNL (Beauftragter für Sonderaufgaben im Bereich der Bundeswehr in den Neuen Ländern/Special representative for duties in relation to the Bundeswehr in the new federal states) or the KdoOpFüEingrKr (Kommando Operative Führung Eingreifkräfte/intervention forces command).

There are many many more. :psyduck:

I used to live in the Studentenwohnheim StiBo (Stiftsbogen) from the StuWe (Studentenwerk) München. StiBo still sounds better than StuSta (Studentenstadt).

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« Reply #23 on: 12 Jul 2013, 00:56 »

Which reminds me of StuPa, the Studierenden-Parlament.
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« Reply #24 on: 12 Jul 2013, 01:13 »

I used to live in the Studentenwohnheim StiBo (Stiftsbogen) from the StuWe (Studentenwerk) München. StiBo still sounds better than StuSta (Studentenstadt).


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« Reply #25 on: 14 Jul 2013, 22:47 »

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« Reply #26 on: 29 Dec 2013, 19:15 »

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« Reply #27 on: 30 Dec 2013, 02:23 »

HPV, which is Health Purchasing Victoria, but also Human Papilloma Virus, which causes genital warts, among other things.

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« Reply #28 on: 30 Dec 2013, 03:38 »

At my school, I am a Fine Art Painting student, in the School Of Fine Art (no idea why they capitalised the O in 'of', I think someone desperately wanted art students to be SOFA students).
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« Reply #29 on: 30 Dec 2013, 03:45 »

Or maybe so that people like you would be a FAP on SOFA? :roll:
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« Reply #30 on: 30 Dec 2013, 07:41 »

...I thought the true meaning of flak(Flugzeugabwehrkanone) was long, but these examples of other deutsche acronyms is outstanding.  :-o
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« Reply #31 on: 30 Dec 2013, 14:08 »

Xerox has a process in place for as long as I've worked there where you need to schedule all of your vacations, holidays, and personal time off for the entire year at the end of December, so they can schedule coverage while you're out. They call this process the Full Attendance Process.

That's not the worst part.

They "strongly advise" that you retain the electronic submissions for the current and at least 5 previous FAPs on your work computer in case of conflicts.

Yes, I have a corporate mandated FAP folder.

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« Reply #32 on: 30 Dec 2013, 15:21 »

...I thought the true meaning of flak(Flugzeugabwehrkanone) was long, but these examples of other deutsche acronyms is outstanding.  :-o
Well, we Germans apparently love to put words together to make new ones, so long words aren't uncommon in German. Many words in German consist of smaller words. But to show that we mean a specific thing and not a combination of others we don't put spaces in there.

Flugzeugabwehrkanone, well, it consists of "Flugzeug", "Abwehr" and "Kanone". Translated it would mean something along the lines of "Airplane defense cannon". So basically we just leave away the spaces. The word "Flugzeug" itself consists of two smaller parts: "Flug" and "Zeug". "Zeug" nowadays is used similarly to "stuff", but it used to mean "something" or even "machine". "Flug" means "flight". So a "Flugzeug" is basically a "flying machine". So a Flak is a "cannon for the defense against flying machines".

That's how all the "Werfer"-jokes wzrk by the way. Many of them are grammatically wrong, but the words still do make a bit of sense. Stuff like "This is a Nebelwerfer, it werfs Nebel" takes apart the word "Nebelwerfer" into the parts "Nebel"/"fog" and "Werfer"/"thrower". Same goes for Flammenwerfer and such.

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« Reply #33 on: 30 Dec 2013, 15:25 »

I was able to follow it, mostly because I took Latin in college, which also has noun declensions (though it's through word endings rather than articles).
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« Reply #34 on: 30 Dec 2013, 15:29 »

I'd actually translate Abwehr to repellant, mainly because that lets you translate it to a flyingmachinerepellingcannon.

I understood the rest of what you said but you can thank my high school German classes for that. :lol:
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« Reply #35 on: 31 Dec 2013, 04:48 »

I understood it too! Though that might be because I'm German, which makes it a little less of an accomplishment.
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« Reply #36 on: 31 Dec 2013, 05:24 »

I understood it! Because I've been playing around on the ConLang wikia since summer, and therefore reading a lot of Wikipedia articles about fiddly grammar things that I never learned in school.
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« Reply #37 on: 21 Jan 2014, 17:35 »

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« Reply #38 on: 22 Jan 2014, 09:53 »

They do interventions, don't they? 


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« Reply #39 on: 22 Jan 2014, 10:11 »

A neighbour of mine used to be a mobile repairman for an elevator company. His van was clearly labelled to show he was a member of the Fast Action Response Team.

Funny - many years ago, I was working on developing a web tool for the facilities department of a major corporation that would allow the company's employees to request facilities actions (repairs, equipment moves, etc.) via the company intranet. The requirements for the tool were pretty straightforward. What wasn't straightforward was getting the customer to settle on a name for the tool - the project committee in charge of that was hopelessly divided into three camps endorsing three different names for it. Finally, a week before rollout, I told them that if they didn't come up with a name I was going to unilaterally name it "Facilities Action Request Tool". Much to my horror, the committee actually approved that name.

I won't even get into the fact that the same company had a security system called NAD.
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« Reply #41 on: 07 Mar 2014, 03:16 »

The military's over use of acronyms which are not themselves failures but come together with the rest of the military's unique vocabulary  to form a unique language of fail. It is funny to communicate to someone else who knows the dialect and confuse civilians though.

Reminds me of my mom's State Dept gig. "I called the DCM's OMS on her cell while she was in the CLO and asked her if the RSO had cleared the route for the AMB's trip to see the HOS. The RSO walked in right then and I told her NVM, LOL JK." Christ it was ridiculous.
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« Reply #42 on: 07 Mar 2014, 04:35 »

I actually caught most of that.
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« Reply #43 on: 07 Mar 2014, 04:36 »

Apart from "NVM, LOL JK" I understood nothing.
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« Reply #44 on: 07 Mar 2014, 05:06 »

I actually caught most of that.

Considering where all our MSGs come from, this doesn't shock me.
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« Reply #45 on: 07 Mar 2014, 05:16 »

while she was in the CLO
Fittingly to this thread, CLO as an acronym sounds like the German word Klo, meaning toilet.
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« Reply #46 on: 07 Mar 2014, 05:18 »

Oh man, reading people's handheld maternity notes is like reading this thread. I'm doing the bloody degree and I rarely understand more than half. And these notes are supposed to be a communication tool between the midwives, the doctors and the pregnant woman! I am hoping to continue with my refusal to buy into the cryptic midwifery code which inevitably shuts women out of their own care (and also the acronyms are not always standardised so there's a risk of error).
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« Reply #47 on: 07 Mar 2014, 05:44 »

Makes me think of that joke from Good Morning Vietnam:
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Excuse me, sir. Seeing as how the VP is such a VIP, shouldn't we keep the PC on the QT? 'Cause if it leaks to the VC he could end up MIA, and then we'd all be put on KP.
...somehow, it's not nearly as funny typed out. It loses a lot without the delivery.

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Re: Acronym FAIL
« Reply #48 on: 07 Mar 2014, 06:03 »

I actually caught most of that.

Considering where all our MSGs come from, this doesn't shock me.

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Re: Acronym FAIL
« Reply #49 on: 10 Mar 2014, 06:27 »

Somehow I feel that no acronym would do justice to this German gem:

Rinderkennzeichnungs- und Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz.
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