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Obscure acronyms

A search on the acronym finder website reports,

XLANG stands for:

Web Services for Business Process Design

I found that a bit wierd for an expanded acronym.

Sathyaish Chakravarthy
Friday, November 21, 2003

ACRONYM acr. - A Completely Random Order Never Yields Meaning.

-- Devil's IT Dictionary

Tapiwa
Friday, November 21, 2003

That's creatively intelligent. LOL

Sathyaish Chakravarthy
Friday, November 21, 2003

PCMCIA

People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms

Happy to be working
Friday, November 21, 2003

I always stick to TLAs. Those longer ones are the work of the devil.

Rob VH
Friday, November 21, 2003

TLAs are good if you know what they mean ;)

Alex
Friday, November 21, 2003

I'm not trying to be funny but what does TLA stand for again? I know I used to know.

WTF
Friday, November 21, 2003

USDRDA - The U.S. Department of Reducdancy Department of America

Wasting time
Friday, November 21, 2003

TLA ==> 3 Letter Acronym.

anon
Friday, November 21, 2003

No, anon, TLA stands for "Two Letter Acronym".

Nate Silva
Friday, November 21, 2003

Are you sure that it doesn't refer to a Twelve Letter Acronym?

Alyosha`
Friday, November 21, 2003

Sorry, Nate, but anon had it right: TLA, being itself a TLA, stands for Three Letter Acronym (although Two Letter Acronym would have been funnier :-) )

Marco Qualizza
Friday, November 21, 2003

Too Late for Anything :))

Alex
Friday, November 21, 2003

Nate, sorry, but TLA *is* Three-Letter-Acronym. It was originally coined from the widespread use of SNA, IMS, DB2 and many other TLAs in the IBM software environment.

HeWhoMustBeConfused
Saturday, November 22, 2003

XLANG is not an acronym. The ALL CAPS make it look like one, but it isn't.

Second, re "Two Letter Acronym" - doesn't anyone get sarcasm anymore?

Cowboy Coder
Saturday, November 22, 2003

A bit off topic, but my boss often says 'PWD' to mean password - he prefers the acronym, which I'd assume is intended to quicken speech amongst the knowledgeable, yet 'PWD' has 4 sylables and 'password' has 2 :)

Marx
Saturday, November 22, 2003

Not to mention that it's not an acronym.


Saturday, November 22, 2003

True, it's not as such, but it's an allowed ADO connection string atrribute, and he's a DBA by training.

Marx
Saturday, November 22, 2003

Another thing I often hear is 'PIN number' or similar, where the acronym's end word is repeated. Now, how do you spell 'pedantic' ?

Marx
Saturday, November 22, 2003

What do you mean?  I use my PIN number every time I use the ATM machine.

Off to code more ASP pages!

Brian
Saturday, November 22, 2003

And don't ask me about how often I say DSN when I mean DNS or vice versa

Marx
Saturday, November 22, 2003

Windows 2000 is built on NT technology according to  MS.

Normally this redendancy happens when the acronym enters the mainstream, but not to the extent that you can just give the letters. CDRom disk, is another common one.

Stephen Jones
Saturday, November 22, 2003

Did someon say NeXt ? lol

Marx
Saturday, November 22, 2003

TLB - Three Letter Bullsh*t :)

Name expired
Saturday, November 22, 2003

XLANG aint no acronym, it is an abbreviation.

for example:

USA is an acronym standing for United States of America,
eg is an abbreviation for example

folks, "Dont get carried  away with all those weird names"

theendisnear
Sunday, November 23, 2003

Gee, nobody mentioned TWAIN - Technology Without An Interesting Name.

Oh, the grammar nazis have more-or-less declared ASP pages to be ok, since ASP refers to a technology (ie a thing), and saying AS pages sounds silly. 

Not quite sure what the status of PIN number is, but I have heard 'what is your personal PIN number?' used at a bank.

AJS
Sunday, November 23, 2003

PWD always meant 'print working directory' to me.

H. Lally Singh
Sunday, November 23, 2003

"eg is an abbreviation for example"

Bzzzzt! It is an acronym for "exempli gratia".


Monday, November 24, 2003

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