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Saturday, December 10, 2005

English Language Acronyby-isms

Everyone likes to feel special. And what better way
is there to feel special than to have your own
language that only "your people", whoever they might
be, have as their own. For many, acronyms make up
an important part of their special language.
Acronyms are words formed by combining the initial
letters or parts of a series of words. They are a form
of shorthand whose meaning is known only to the
initiates. The military loves and depends on
acronyms so much that if forced to say all the words
they represent might not have time to wage war.
(Hmm... we might be on to something here...) Lets
have a look at some of the military's acronyms.

Military

* IED - Improvised Explosive Device -
Unfortunately, this is often seen in the news and
refers to a bomb made from improvised
components such as unexploded munitions. They often use a cell phone as a
remote triggering device.

* IED - Improvised Explosive Device -
Unfortunately, this is often seen in the news and
refers to a bomb made from improvised
components such as unexploded munitions. They often use a cell phone as a
remote triggering device.

* IND - Improvised Nuclear Device - See above
definition but add a bigger bang.

* LAMPS - Ligh Airborne Multipurpose System -
(Helicopter) Why they don't just say "helicopter" is a
mystery. Answers would be welcome

* LEAP - Light Exo Atmoshperic Projectile - This is
an anti-missle missle

* LOMEZ - Low Altitude Engagement Zone - Low to
mid altitude zone where a surface to air missle would
be used.

* NADEFCOL - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
(NATO) Defense College. This acronym in an
acronym is like the Russian dolls that nest one inside
the other.

* POTUS - President of the United States.

Other Acronyms have a
political or social slant.


* DINK - Dual Income No Kids - These are the folks
with more disposable income.

* NIMBY - Not In My Backyard - People opposed to
some undesirable land use.

* NOTE - Not Over There Either - A NIMBY who will not accept an
alternative site.

* GOOMBY - Get Out Of My Backyard - An angrier NIMBY.

* NOPE - Not On Planet Earth - A NIMBY totally opposed to the proposed
land use.

* CREEP - Committee to Re-Elect the President
(this was in reference to Richard Nixon)

* DAP - Parents Against dyslexia (this is my
favorite)


For those of you, like myself, who clearly have too
much time on their hands you can find out more
about acronyms for the following sites:


* http://acronymfinder.com

* http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/doddict/acronym_i
ndex.html

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