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147393.  Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:06 am Reply with quote

No, I made that up.

Possibly the question is the other way round, a sort of double-bluff:

What are the symptoms of ACHOO syndrome?

A: sneezing

147415.  Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:49 am Reply with quote

Yes, that’d be good. Or, if you find yourself needing a straight question, Stephen asking the panellists “Do you sneeze when you look at the sun?” might be promising; potential for solar body/newspaper/offspring confusions - and, I hope, astonishment on both sides when people find out what Egg and I found out. Presumably the sun is quite likely to come up some time, if we cover Energy.

147442.  Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:19 am Reply with quote

On the subject of acronyms, should you be short of a few there's a very long list here:

A few interesting ones:

ACID atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability (telecom.)
AMANDA The Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver
AMESS autonomous machine environmental surveillance system
ATHENA Advanced Thermal-Hydraulic Energy Network Analyzer
ATLAS Advanced Testing Line for Actinide Separations
BANSHEE Beam Accelerator for Novel Super High Energy Electron
BLIMP boundary layer integral matrix procedure
BLOB Binary large object
CANDU Canadian deuterium-uranium (natural-uranium, heavy-water-moderated and -cooled power reactor)
CARLA computer-assisted retrieval at Los Alamos
CHAOS circular high acceptance (magnetic) orbit spectrometer (TRIUMF)
COMPASS comprehensive on-line maintenance purchasing & store system
CRASS correlation reduction analysis subsystem (NRC)
CRAVE carcinogen risk assessment verification endeavor
DORIS Doppler orbitography & radiopositioning integrated by satellite
DOSH Division of Occupational Safety & Health (California)
ELF extremely low frequency (emission)
ELVIS electromagnetic very weak instabilities saturated
EPIC Engineering Physics Information Center (ORNL)
EROS Earth resources observation system
EUCLID European Cooperation for the Long Term in Defense
EUREKA European Research Cooperation Agency
FROG frequency-resolved optical grating
GRAPE graphical reprocessing analysis procedure emulation
GRASS generalized reactor analysis subsystem
GRIP Greenland Ice-Core Project
GUT grand unified theory
HANDY heater analysis of nucleation dynamics (code)
HARP hazard assessment of rocket propellants
HIPPI high-performance parallel interface
HYLIFE high-yield lithium injection fusion energy (converter; ICF reactor concept)
HYMNS hybrid magnetosphere numerical simulations
IMPACT integrated model of plumes and atmosphere in complex terrain
LADS large acceptance detector system
LAVA Los Alamos vulnerability assessment
LINDA laser-induced neutralization diagnostic approach
MADCAP model of advection, diffusion & chemistry for air pollution
MERLIN Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network (Jodrell Bank)
MOSES massive open systems environment standards
MUFFIN multi-user file for interagency news
MUSIC multiple signal classification (method) (RF direction-finding algorithm)
NADIR Network Anomaly Detection & Intrusion Reporter
NERD network event recording device
OUST Office of Underground Storage Tanks
PANDA passive nondestructive assay
PERMS process & effluent radiological monitoring system
PIGMI Pion Generator for Medical Irradiation
PLATO permanent large array of terrestrial observatories
RELAPSE Reactor Leak & Power Safety Excursion code
ROSTER remotely observed signatures in the thermosphere of explosive releases
SATAN system administration tool for analyzing networks
SQUID superconducting quantum interference device
TITANS Theoretical Institute for Thermonuclear and Nuclear Studies
ULISSES Uranium Line for Separation Science of Enriched Scrap
VERONICA very easy rodent-oriented net-wide index to computerized archives (forerunner of google)

147457.  Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:33 am Reply with quote

Poss link to elves and lightning:

ELVES are "Emissions of Light and VLF perturbations due to EMP Sources".

To you and me, they're flashes of light which streak above the cloud during a lightning storm.

147469.  Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:49 am Reply with quote

An ALAN is an Acoustic Local Area Network or an Aircraft Landing Authorization Number. There isn't a DAVIES, afaik, but a DAVIS is a Defense Automated Visual Information System.

My brother-in-law used to work at the MOD in the '80s when they thought they were facing a demographic trough which would make it difficult to recruit enough soldiers. The project was called Manning And Recruitment In the Lean Years of the Nineties (work it out for yourselves).

147860.  Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:03 am Reply with quote

“Hacktivism goes back to at least 1989, when a worm programme smuggled into US government systems flashed up a message on users’ screens reading ‘Worms Against Nuclear Killers - your system has been officially WANKed.’”

S: Morning Star, 8 Dec 06.

147878.  Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:33 am Reply with quote

I swear, if it wasn't for the Morning Star, the Western Daily Press and the ASDA Guide to Happy Households I doubt we'd have a show at all.

147885.  Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:41 am Reply with quote

"QI, brought to you by ... "

148258.  Sat Feb 17, 2007 7:25 am Reply with quote

Speaking of abbreviations, Michael Quinion’s “Gallimaufry” says that taxi is short for taximeter cabriolet. I think the full version should be re-adopted by all persons of quality.

148476.  Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:47 am Reply with quote

'Cab' is also short for taximeter cabriolet, I suppose.

148716.  Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:56 am Reply with quote

No, cab is short for cabriolet, which predates the taximeter bit.

150235.  Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:47 am Reply with quote

POTUS - President Of The United States - may be the world’s oldest acronym, having first appeared in print in 1903.

It was part of a code which looks to 21st century eyes very much like text messaging, but which was invented in 1879 by a press telegrapher, Walter P Phillips, to streamline the reporting of court proceedings. The code caught on widely amongst reporters, and was used for many decades. Here are some examples of Victorian txtng:

fapib = “filed a petition in bankruptcy”

ckx = committed suicide”

utaf = “under the auspices of the”

73 = “best regards”

30 = “end of message”

This is from the Kansas City Star in 1910: “T trl o HKT ft mu o SW on Mu roof garden, nw in pg ...” (“The trial of Harry K Thaw for the murder of Stanford White on the Madison Square Roof Garden, now in progress ...”)

As well as POTUS, there were SCOTUS (the supreme court) and FLOTUS - the POTUS’s better half.


150286.  Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:25 am Reply with quote

If we're talking old acronyms there is, of course, the use of the greek word IChThUS to stand for Iesus Christos Theou Uios Soter. I reckon that might predate POTUS by a year or two :)


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