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What are some funny or unusual sounding acronyms you have seen?

Asked by AshlynM (6157 points ) July 21st, 2012

For example:

PISS= Phoenix Islands Settlement Scheme (it’s on Wikipedia)

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bookish1's avatar

On a related note, my favorite is SHAT, Services Historiques de l’Armée de Terre (The French Army Historical Service). I have trouble keeping a straight face whenever I read that one.

AshlynM's avatar

How about ASS=accountant service specialist.

digitalimpression's avatar

F airfield A rea R apid T ransit
Just silly.

AshlynM's avatar

By the way, these don’t need to be related to bodily function, they can be anything.

Coloma's avatar

BOB battery operated boyfriend. lol

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

EBIDA (Earnings Before Interest, Depreciation And Amortization)

When one of the senior VPs gave a speech during a holiday luncheon, he kept referring to EBIDA. I suspect that the vast majority of the audience had no idea what he was talking about. Based upon the whispered conversations giggles from the table near ours, I suspect that if alcohol had been served, they would have turned it into a drinking game…take a sip every time he said EBIDA.

YARNLADY's avatar

I always thought SNAFU was pretty funny (both versions).

digitalimpression's avatar

If we wanna go military on it there are all kinds of crude acronymns. Some of the safer ones are:

- B end O ver H ere I t C omes A gain.

- F udged U p B eyond A ll R ecognition

- F ͏͏͏ ͏ ͏
I t L ets T ake A B reak.
͏
– And as @YARNLADY mentioned;
S ituation N ormal A ll F udged U p (That’s the version I hear most often)

gasman's avatar

The most unusual acronym I’ve seen in common usage (unfortunately not the least bit risque) is WYSIWYG, pronounced “whizzy-wig.” It stands for, “What you see is what you get” and relates to computer print graphics. I first heard the term around 1980.

Mr_Paradox's avatar

FUBARBUNDYREMF:
F” ed u p b eyond a ll r ecognition b ut u nfortunatly n ot d ead y et, r ear
e chelon m other ”f” er.

DominicX's avatar

“Come to Homer’s BBBQ. The extra B is for BYOBB.”

“What’s that extra B for?”
“That’s a typo.”

gailcalled's avatar

KISS. Keep it simple, stupid.

cookieman's avatar

PMS = Pantone Matching System

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Whenever I discuss this in my graphic design classes, I mention to my students that it’s an unfortunate acronym.

anartist's avatar

@cprevite PMS for Pantone Matching System predated PMS as an ailment of any sort by many years

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