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.
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.
"I have as much authority as the pope. I just don't have as many people who believe it." — George Carlin