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Grind

Acronyms you think you know, but possibly don't

I'll start.

DVD

* Whoever gets is without Googling can pick the next one
grunt

One of the D's is most likely disc.
Grind

Not much gets past Grunners.
bearing

Digital Video Disc isn't it?

Or Digital Versatile Disc?

Both of those seem to be swimming round my head.
Frazier Cranium

ROM

WASPS

ACAB

All those Yuppie related ones.
Dalek

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

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.
Dalek

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"  
Grind

bearing wrote:
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.  
Late Doors

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

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


And "Smart-arse TWAT" is?  

* Wants Dalek on his pub quiz team
Grind

Late Doors wrote:
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.

Eejits.
bearing

Dalek wrote:
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
Grind

Dalek

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...  
Grind

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...  


Go plunge yourself!  
bearing

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?
fartcatcher

TWAIN

Technology Without An Interesting Name
Grind

We had the top-secret UPOC sensor at work - Useless Piece Of Crap.
fartcatcher

IBM stands for 'Intercourse Beats Masturbation'
Forest

fartcatcher wrote:
IBM stands for 'Intercourse Beats Masturbation'


I dont think thats right.
fartcatcher

Forest wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
IBM stands for 'Intercourse Beats Masturbation'


I dont think thats right.


Incessant Bowel Movements??
fartcatcher

MAMIL

Middle aged man in lycra  
Grind

You and me baby we ain't nothing but MAMILs, so let's do it like they do on the Discovery channel.
bearing

Grind wrote:
You and me baby we ain't nothing but MAMILs, so let's do it like they do on the Discovery channel.


Are you talking to me?

*backs up to wall*

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