Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Acrimonious Acronyms

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. - Anonymous

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Acronyms have been with us for a long time. Reducing words or phrases to their initials became popular in World War II. Here is a list of the most common acronyms which have remained a part of our vocabulary and were used mostly by the enlisted men of our armed forces:

  • FIDO - Forget It-Drive On
  • FUBAR - Fucked Up Beyond All Repair/Recognition
  • FUBB - Fucked Up Beyond Belief
  • FUMTU - Fucked Up More Than Usual
  • JANFU - Joint Army-Navy Fuck Up
  • TARFU - Things Are Really Fucked Up
  • SNAFU - Situation Normal: All Fucked Up
  • SNAFUBAR - Situation Normal: All Fucked Up Beyond All Repair/Recognition
  • FUBAB - Fucked Up Beyond All Belief
  • SOL - Shit Out of Luck

In some circles sensitive to indecent language, the word "Fouled" would be substituted for the undesired word.

Today acronyms can be found in all facets of our lives such as the computer industry, law, government, education, etc. Nowhere can the use of acronyms be as prevalent as on the Internet. Whether in chat rooms, forums, e-mail, or Instant messaging, acronyms and their use have evolved into a virtual language of its own.

At Net Lingo, a run through their list of Internet jargon presents one with a seemingly endless list of these "acrimonious" acronyms. (I doubt very much if I knew even 10% of those listed.)


American Association Against Acronym Abuse

If the AAAAA was a real entity, I would join and pay union dues if required. Of course belonging to this entity probably wouldn't stop many of us from making up our own acronyms. That includes me.

What if a company or corporation, with its name turned into an acronym, also used that abbreviation as the ticker symbol for its publicly traded shares of stock? What slogan might they use?
1.) Allied Seat Systems - A.S.S. makes the best seat.

2.) Sandusky Hydraulics and Inertial Technologies - S.H.I.T. helps to keep America Moving

3.) Carbon Recovery And Production - C.R.A.P. fills your life.

4.) Pittsburgh Integrated Seed Syndicate - P.I.S.S. in your yard for a beautiful lawn.

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Skunkfeathers said...


kenju said...

We are going to a family wedding this weekend, and Mr. eknju has been referring to it as FUBAR with a capital F!!

Mushy said...

Funny stuff!

Hale McKay said...


I'll bet you could come up with some goods under this category.

Hale McKay said...


LOL - a wedding as a FUBAR! NOw that you mention it, how many weddings go off without a hitch of some kind?

Hale McKay said...


Thanks. You have some funny stuff yourself.