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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Just when you thought acronyms were boring...



Special thanks to the vlogbrothers (John and Hank Green) for teaching me something new today. Spouse and I have been watching vlogbrothers for a few months now and stumbled on the embedded video this morning. It's a great introduction to nerdfighteria. 

Apparently there's a difference between acronyms and initialisms

An initialism is a group of letters strung together, where each letter stands for a word (i.e. CIH = Certified Industrial Hygienist, NRR = Noise Reduction Rating, ASSE = American Society of Safety Engineers, DFTBA = Don't Forget to be Awesome).

An acronym is an initialism that you pronounce as a word (i.e LASER = Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, HEPA = High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance). 

So in honor of learning something new, I wondered if the word "acronyms" could be an actual acronym. So here's my attempt:

Ambiguous
Confusing
Relatively
Obscure
Nonessential
Yammering (Yucky?)
Meaningless
Syllables

Enjoy, post your favorite acronym in the comments!

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