Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Acronymese

I am working on becoming fluent in the government's primary language: acronymese. I'm really flexing my vocab muscles today -- here are the acronyms I've used thus far in putting together my office's bi-weekly newsletter.

ACBRIT
ACCILARA
ACDLLC
ADTMAIL
AISAMCIT
ANAMOCI
ANPMOE
ANSAMOF
ASMEDMTO
ASYCUDAN-ACEG
ATNATO
AWBFNCDO
CBSOPIC
DABPOS
EGGIPRT
EPAARC
GDARUFCOD
GIRoASME
ICNTAFA
IIFCUNOPS
IMFWTO

Ugh.

10 comments:

  1. You are not the only one who loathes acronyms. You might enjoy the first footnote of this court opinion (http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/archive/G040122.PDF).

    Money quote: "It is possible to write an opinion in the area of air pollution control law without descending into an alphabet soup of jargon-based acronyms familiar only to practitioners who live and, er, breathe this area of the law. . . . This point is of some substantive importance because the use of acronyms tends to obscure, certainly in the reader‟s mind and sometimes even in the writer‟s, the underlying reality of a case, and the legal issues on which it must turn. . . . [para.] We will therefore, in this opinion, in order to maintain a modicum of readability and register our small protest against the further uglification of the English language, avoid the further use of acronyms in this opinion."

    I say fight the power and spell things out. ;)

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  2. Holy cow! I don't know a single one of those!

    ::wearing doofus hat::

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  3. Take the doofus hat off! Most of them are USAID Afghanistan specific, so there's no reason you need to know them!

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  4. It's Friday, and that means that the Weekly State Department Blog Roundup is up - and you're on it!

    Here is the link:

    http://bit.ly/aSBoLT

    (If I quoted your text or used your photo(s) and you would rather I had not, please let me know. Please also be sure to check the link(s) that I put up to you, in order to verify that they work properly. If you would rather that I had not referenced you, and/or do not want me to reference you in the future, please also contact me.)

    Thanks!

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  5. Ok I can do this:

    ACBR = a cat bit robin
    IT = internal trekking
    ACCI = always carry carrots intact
    LARA = lawyers always ruin alaska
    ACD = a caela dog!
    LLC = EASY. LONG LAKE CAMP.
    ADT = a dull turkey
    MAIL = what you get every day
    AISA = antelopes insure silly aardvarks
    MCIT = most crazy in training
    ANA = ANOTHER NEEDLESS ACRONYM
    MOCI = music only creates ideas
    ANP = a new puppy
    MOE = maid of everything
    ANSA = altos never sing anything
    MOF = mom of fun!
    ASMED = awkward silly moment-encompassing days
    MTO = marvin teaches orchestra
    ASYCUDA = WAY TOO COMPLICATED!
    N-ACEG = Nick- always clean elizabeth's goat
    AT = awesome teamwork
    NATO = national association (of) terrible organizations
    AWBF = a white bear farted
    NCDO = no can do, officer
    CBS = college basketball season
    OPIC = (the) official private information closet
    DAB = da bears!
    POS = piece of s***
    EGGI = how you describe something covered in yolk, as in "that house is all eggi"
    PRT = personal regurgitating teacher
    EPAA = eukaryotes pre-date all animals
    RC = real cool
    GDA = gosh darn amazing
    RUFCOD = a fish that's been date-drugged?
    GIRoA = give igloos rolls of adhesive
    SME = silly monkey eaters
    ICN = i can't navigate
    TAFA = teaching's always flippin' awesome
    IIFC = international ibex fighting club
    UNOPS = when you only have one post script to add
    IMF = inter-galactic militant farmers
    WTO = waiter training organization


    I win! Yes...it's a Friday and I have no life.

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  6. Yes, J really and definitively wins! I'd been wanting to do this ever since you posted but no way could I have come up with any as good as J's! But I will fill in the one she couldn't:

    Any System You Could Use Doesn't Activate

    Love MMM

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  7. So close J! Let's see how many of these I can do from memory...

    ACBR = Afghanistan Central Business Registry
    IT = information technology
    ACCI = afghanistan chamber of commerce and industry
    LARA = land reform for afghanistan
    ACD = afghanistan customs department
    LLC = Limited liability company
    ADT = I forget!
    MAIL = Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock
    AISA = Afghanistan investment support agency
    MCIT = ministry of communication and information technology
    ANA = afghanistan national army
    MOCI = Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    ANP = afghanistan national police
    MOE = ministry of economy
    ANSA = forget
    MOF = ministry of finance
    ASMED = afghanistan small and medium enterprise development
    MTO = medium taxpayer office
    ASYCUDA = automated system for customs data
    N-ACEG = forget
    AT = afghan telecom
    NATO = north american treaty organization
    AWBF = afghan womens business federation
    NCDO = forget
    CBS = core banking system
    OPIC = overseas private investment corporation
    DAB = da afghanistan bank
    POS = point of service
    EGGI = Economic Growth and Governance Initiative
    PRT = Provincial reconstruction team
    EPAA = export promotion agency of afghanistan
    RC = regional command
    GDA = global development alliance
    RUFCOD = rural finance and cooperative development
    GIRoA = government of the islamic republic of afghanistan
    SME = small and medium enterprise
    ICN = forget
    TAFA = teaching's always flippin' awesome
    IIFC = trade and accession facilitation for afghanistan
    UNOPS = UN Operations
    IMF = international monetary fund
    WTO = world trade organization

    Not bad, I think!

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  8. Oops....NATO=North ATLANTIC Treaty Org. (not American)

    love MMM

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