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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:44 pm    Post subject: Acronyms you think you know, but possibly don't  Reply with quote

I'll start.

DVD

* Whoever gets is without Googling can pick the next one
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the D's is most likely disc.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not much gets past Grunners.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Digital Video Disc isn't it?

Or Digital Versatile Disc?

Both of those seem to be swimming round my head.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ROM

WASPS

ACAB

All those Yuppie related ones.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a point to consider - DVD is not an acronym, it is an abbreviation.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dalek wrote:
Just a point to consider - DVD is not an acronym, it is an abbreviation.


It's an acronym in our house as we say 'dervde' as per Fonejacker.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The abbreviation www actually takes three times the syllables to say than the words it is used as an abbreviation for...

apart from in Nyles' house where they must sound like a bunch of ghosts? "wwwwwwwwwwwww"  
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Digital Video Disc isn't it?

Or Digital Versatile Disc?

Both of those seem to be swimming round my head.


Versatile is the "official" version - I always thought it was Video.

I only recent worked out what LMFAO was all about.  
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same with me with MILF.  I think it was someone on here that told me as well
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just a point to consider - DVD is not an acronym, it is an abbreviation.


And "Smart-arse TWAT" is?  

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Same with me with MILF.  I think it was someone on here that told me as well


That might have been me - I saw the "personalised" plate on a car here.  

There are several people I know that insist on using LAZER.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just a point to consider - DVD is not an acronym, it is an abbreviation.




An acronym is an abbreviation using the initial letters of words whereas a simple abbreviation is a shrinking of a word, an example would be abbrv.

ROM is Read Only Memory
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An acronym is a sayable word made from the first letter or two from the words represented  e.g  NATO, radar, UNESCO.

An acronym is an abbreviation, but an abbreviation is not necessarily an acronym.

The other common type of abbreviation is the initialism, where the first letter of the phrase is used and each letter pronounced individually e.g. BBC, UK.  This is the sector where DVD fits in.  So DVD is an abbreviation (initialism), not an acronym.

Interestingly, the abbreviation for the World Health Organisation (WHO) whilst being a pronounceable word is not said as "who", but is referred to as w-h-o, so that is not an acronym.

Anyway, I have a nice bottle of Shiraz calling out for me...  
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dalek wrote:
An acronym is a sayable word made from the first letter or two from the words represented  e.g  NATO, radar, UNESCO.

An acronym is an abbreviation, but an abbreviation is not necessarily an acronym.

The other common type of abbreviation is the initialism, where the first letter of the phrase is used and each letter pronounced individually e.g. BBC, UK.  This is the sector where DVD fits in.  So DVD is an abbreviation (initialism), not an acronym.

Interestingly, the abbreviation for the World Health Organisation (WHO) whilst being a pronounceable word is not said as "who", but is referred to as w-h-o, so that is not an acronym.

Anyway, I have a nice bottle of Shiraz calling out for me...  


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dalek wrote:
An acronym is a sayable word made from the first letter or two from the words represented  e.g  NATO, radar, UNESCO.

An acronym is an abbreviation, but an abbreviation is not necessarily an acronym.

The other common type of abbreviation is the initialism, where the first letter of the phrase is used and each letter pronounced individually e.g. BBC, UK.  This is the sector where DVD fits in.  So DVD is an abbreviation (initialism), not an acronym.

Interestingly, the abbreviation for the World Health Organisation (WHO) whilst being a pronounceable word is not said as "who", but is referred to as w-h-o, so that is not an acronym.

Anyway, I have a nice bottle of Shiraz calling out for me...  


I thought initialisms were classed as acronyms?
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TWAIN

Technology Without An Interesting Name
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We had the top-secret UPOC sensor at work - Useless Piece Of Crap.
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