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7:59am on Tuesday, 9th September, 2008:

Contrived Acronyms


I have a strong suspicion that most of the world's acronyms are back-fitted so as to make happy matches with existing words. OK, so MMORPG doesn't fall into that category, but MUD does.

Every once in a while, though, an obvious acronym has an unhappy match with an existing word. I can therefore imagine the alarm that gripped the scientists at CERN when they were looking for an acronym for their Large Ion Collider Experiment, until someone suggested that it was A Large Ion Collider Experiment...

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