The broth of initials gets thicker, and deliciously acronymous as well 😜

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Bachi Karkaria


If you’re a purist, you’ll know that ‘acronym’ applies not to any random bunching of initials, only to those which form an actual word, preferably relevant. And if you’re a show-off as well, you’ll inform lesser mortals that what they thought were ordinary words were, in fact, acronyms. ‘Posh’ comes from ‘Port Outward Starboard Home’; in the days of the grand ocean-liners, the discerning passenger chose sunnier cabins to the left or right on departure and return. ‘Snafu’, dating to the 1940s, is ‘Situation Normal All F***ked Up’. Since GenNext has become GenText, and therefore relies on ‘TTYL’ instead of ‘Talk to you later’, a genuine noun could well be an acronym: ‘Slang’ – Systematic Language Assassination (by the) New Generation.

Actually, this initialising business is generation, gender, genre agnostic, and unclear fusion occurs generally speaking. Most recently ONOP popped up with the PM proposing simultaneous parliamentary and assembly polls (no relation to China’s pet belt-road OBOR). As lately, we had to figure out FATF to stop the fattening of terror finances, while BIMSTEC made it easier to remember the seven Asian countries that came together in yet another, erm, stab at regional cooperation.

Yes, the geographic have provided the most graphic: ASEAN, GAS (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) or EU, which the Brexit impasse has turned into ‘Euw!’ Power clubs flex with OPEC, FRITES (France, Italia, Espana), or even Five Eyes telescoped to FVEY (an intelligence alliance comprising the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ).

The ‘G’ string is aired across a spectrum well beyond broadband technology. Geopolitics has G2, G4, G5, plus G7 and G8+5 (acknowledging the economic muscle of BRICS + Mexico). Bollywood too jumped in with the Khushi-Gham K3G; it had entered this letterati heartily with the dulhaniya-winner, DDLJ.

Even illnesses have initialised: Bihar’s AES, BSE (not Bombay bullishness but bovine spongiform encephalopathy) and H1N1 (not a national highway but swine flu).

Most memorably, NaMo and RaGa exchange acronymous barbs. Here too, the Alpha is decidedly superior to the Beta.

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Alec Smart said: “Blame not litchis, but public health leeches.”

DISCLAIMER : This article is intended to bring a smile to your face. Any connection to events and characters in real life is coincidental.

via TOI Blog

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