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    Abbreviations I don't like.

    Xian, or X-ian, or its permutations, which, apparently in some circles, means "Christian".

    I get it. But I don't like it.

    Because when I see "Xian", I get all excited and ****, thinking they're going to talk about some ancient Chinese dynasty. And then X-ian makes it look all alien, so we'll be talking about invaders from deep space.

    But then they rant about Jesus, and I lose interest, 'cause that ****'s boring.
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    FBI
    CIA
    ATF
    IRS
    NAFTA
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    I hate abbreviations inside abbreviations, like VLA.

    VLA= Vertically Launched ASROC

    ASROC = Anti-Submarine Rocket.

    In a world already ripe with abbreviations, that just makes it worse.

    I also don't like abbreviations that people still feel the need to say anyways, like ATM machine.
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    IOU

    DUI

    AIDS
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    "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

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    and let's not forget BYOB.
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
    "Hating America is something best left to Mobius. He is an expert Yank hater.
    He also hates Texans and Australians, he does diversify." ~ Braindead

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    Originally posted by SlowwHand
    and let's not forget BYOB.
    You're right. That has to be one of the worst.
    "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." - Clarence Darrow
    "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

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    Originally posted by SlowwHand
    FBI
    CIA
    ATF
    IRS
    NAFTA
    Is that all? Are you turning soft?
    No UN?
    No EU?
    No USA? (although I guess that goes together with FBI, CIA and IRS )
    "post reported"Winston, on the barricades for freedom of speech
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    I didn't want to be a hog, so I left out U.N.
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
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    He also hates Texans and Australians, he does diversify." ~ Braindead

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    BAR-B-Q

    Its "Barbe au cul" sacrement!

    But no-one says that....not even french people...

    Spec.
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    Xmas!
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    LOL, BRB, IMO, FYI, AFAIK, IIRC, etc.
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    LOL
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    Originally posted by SlowwHand
    I didn't want to be a hog, so I left out U.N.
    You are turning soft, but i love you for it .
    "post reported"Winston, on the barricades for freedom of speech
    "I don't like laws all over the world. Doesn't mean I am going to do anything but post about it."Jon Miller :b:

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    FWIW, and FYI, ISTR that AFAIK they save time IMO. Anyway IIRC I'll BRB. LOL.

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    Originally posted by Patroklos
    I hate abbreviations inside abbreviations, like VLA.

    VLA= Vertically Launched ASROC

    ASROC = Anti-Submarine Rocket.
    Yay! Nested abbreviations. Now we just need recursive, and pointers to TIA*s and we're away.

    * Three Initialled Acronyms

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    WTF?
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    OMGWFTBBQ

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    ROFLMFAO
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    I have some sort of allergy to the abbrevations used by the United States Armed Forces. Especially the really long ones. For some reason I don't have the same problem with the abbreviations used by for example the soviet union or nazi germany. I guess there's something with the english language that makes for corny abbreviations.
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    Originally posted by Cort Haus
    Yay! Nested abbreviations. Now we just need recursive, (...)
    I hate recursive abbreviations (e.g. GNU, PHP).

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    Originally posted by Cort Haus


    Yay! Nested abbreviations. Now we just need recursive, and pointers to TIA*s and we're away.

    * Three Initialled Acronyms
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    Originally posted by SlowwHand
    and let's not forget BYOB.
    bring your own bible!

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    In the State Department, the more important an office is, the fewer letters in its abbreviation; the most important offices of all are one letter. And State Dept. employees, like all bureaucrats, are addicted to abbreviation. As a result, someone will mention, for example, a conversation they had with Deputy Secretary Negroponte, in which he mentioned that Secretary Rice was directing the Congressional liaison office to promote a new legislative agenda for the Department, but only after department lawyers had cleared on it. The result is something like:

    I was talking with D last week, and he said S is ready to move her agenda out of H, once L signs on.
    People -- pasty-faced people of both sexes in nondescript dark blue suits -- really talk that way here! It's just so, so wrong.
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    I love acronyms! (when I'm in the know, anyway)
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    Originally posted by Aeson
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    WTFp
    You just wasted six ... no, seven ... seconds of your life reading this sentence.

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    what is afaik?

    the hard part is remembering all these. If it's not something that us used very often, the full form should be written out.

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    afaik, afaik = as far as i know

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    IIRC, that's right.
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    IIUC, SB is at fault.
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