Etiquette Hell

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Title: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: Lillie82 on September 03, 2013, 04:04:39 PM
There is a faith-based financial planning seminar called Financial Peace University. Which is kind of a cool name - but, somehow, when you use the initials, it...doesn't sound right.

Of course that would also apply to Florida University or Pennsylvania University

(I hope I didn't duplicate an acronym thread. I couldn't find one, so I figured if there was one, it was old.)
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: Thipu1 on September 03, 2013, 07:59:12 PM
When I was working, my pay checks were written by the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences.  It was a very liberal and inclusive institution.

However, BIAS didn't quite get across the message they wanted to convey. 
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: Delia DeLyons on September 03, 2013, 08:03:29 PM
My BFF and I always called one of our buddies at work VD (her initials)... Not behind her back or in a catty way, that's just what we called her, she laughed about it, she (VD) has our same sense of humor.
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: jayhawk on September 03, 2013, 08:07:18 PM
I saw an ad on TV this past weekend for a technical school called UTI. Ummmmm, I think I don't want that on my graduation certificate or diploma.
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: MinAvi on September 03, 2013, 11:07:46 PM
Delia, those are my initials after I married.

At the job I was in at the time we signed everything with out initials and the other ladies I worked with giggled every time they saw it. For months. Good thing I have a sense of humour!
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: kelly_jeanie on September 03, 2013, 11:35:53 PM
I saw an ad on TV this past weekend for a technical school called UTI. Ummmmm, I think I don't want that on my graduation certificate or diploma.

That's the first thing I thought of when I saw this thread.   :o
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: cwm on September 04, 2013, 09:19:33 AM
Friends University of Central Kansas. Nondenominational Christian University.

Seattle nearly had the South Lake Union Trolley. They changed it to the South Lake Union Streetcar. Not quite as fun.
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: SamiHami on September 04, 2013, 09:25:55 AM
I saw an ad on TV this past weekend for a technical school called UTI. Ummmmm, I think I don't want that on my graduation certificate or diploma.

I've seen that one too....someone really didn't think that one through. There's also one that is SNHU. My dorky husband thinks that's funny..."Hey, what's SNHU with you?"  ::)
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 04, 2013, 09:32:10 AM
I have a friend who has a  double first name, with the initials MF. Which many of us call her. She told a funny story about when she was in Ireland, visiting family, and a relative, a priest no less, wanted to know why calling her by her initials wasn/t really polite!

Another one is a college near where I went to school, in Baltimore. It is (or was) the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, an all women's Catholic school.

If you take the bolded letters and make a word, you get a certain form of scrabble-protection. Which we always thought was hilarious!
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: cwm on September 04, 2013, 12:43:44 PM
At my last job we also had a lot of the girls who watched Vampire Diaries. And they'd talk about it at work. As in "Did you catch VD last night?"

It became a running joke, but the first time a manager heard it, she put a violent stop to it. I don't imagine most of our customers would have been amused.
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on September 04, 2013, 01:07:11 PM
My BFF and I always called one of our buddies at work VD (her initials)... Not behind her back or in a catty way, that's just what we called her, she laughed about it, she (VD) has our same sense of humor.

I had a coworker whose initials were ED, and we worked in a dr's office.  There was some joking as to what it stood for but she was one of the people joking about it so it worked out well. :)

I remember joking when Three Musketeers came out in the 90's, with Charlie Sheen, Oliver Platt, Chris O'Donnell and Kiefer Sutherland, and then there was that song sung by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting.  I didn't even think of it till a friend pointed out the bolded initials. Haven't been able to look at it the same way since. *snicker*
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: pwv on September 04, 2013, 05:08:34 PM
I once worked on a project with the initials of A I D S.  We had been using that combination long before the disease became well known.  We later dropped the "D" to avoid confusion.
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: baglady on September 04, 2013, 08:54:15 PM
I have a friend with the initials V.D. She was helping a friend of hers out with some business paperwork. He told her, "Initial that so I know you dealt with it." Her response: "I don't put my initials on anything -- would you?"

Then there's the abbreviation for Save the Date we see here on Ehell a lot: "I got an STD from my sister."  :o

My initials are B.S. I have fun with that sometimes. I used to write a column for my organization's newsletter and I called it "A little B.S." Once I got a Publishers Clearinghouse mailing that said on the front, "Someone with these initials could be a winner!" with an arrow pointing to "B.S." Yeah, truth in advertising!

Dan Rather claims his alma mater had to change its name when students started wearing shirts with the initials -- Sam Houston Institute for Teachers. Not sure I believe that, though.
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: Giraffe, Esq on September 05, 2013, 10:49:50 AM
I have an aunt whose (maiden name) initials were M.E.  She used to sign something out at the library using her initials instead of her name, and the librarians got so mad at "whoever keeps signing things 'me'!"
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: exitzero on September 05, 2013, 10:54:12 AM
There used to be company near my place of employement named "PMS". I can't remember what the letters stood for, but honestly, most of the people who worked there where grouchy cranks, so the name fit perfectly.
Sadly, they changed it. Probably after one too many jokes.
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: Hmmmmm on September 05, 2013, 12:21:44 PM
I had a boss who wanted to name a new  group Technology Integration Testing Services. It was a group of all women. I had to point out to her why they probably wouldn't want people saying "Call the the T*TS group and they'll test your systems to see if they work."

I also worked for a company with a division with the initials TRMI. We didn't refer to them as T R M I, we said Trie Me. We also had an acronym for an action that meant we were canceling a project and that acronym sounded like dipped. One day i called a vendor I knew fairly well to let him know the project he was  bidding on was cancelled. "Hi, it's Hmmmm, Try Me Dipped." His bursting out laughing wasn't the reaction I was expecting to the bad news. I think I blushed every time I spoke to him for the next few months.
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 05, 2013, 12:30:52 PM
We had a 6 month project at work.  The original name for the group had letters starting with C R A and P.  The A word got changed out for a word starting with O.

I worked with a guy whose initials were RM.  But he was commonly called by a diminutive of his first name, starting with B.  When someone I know was recording meeting minutes and recorded his initials as BM, he quickly corrected her.  'My wife's a nurse.  No way do I want those as my initials.'
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: cwm on September 05, 2013, 01:21:07 PM
My last name is a common adjective. It's a quite nice one. Only kind things to say about it. My mom wanted to name her first daughter (me) something with the initials IM, so I could be I M Lastname. My dad had something to say about that too.

"Yeah? What if she marries someone with the last name Idiot or something?"

Sadly, mom never got her I M Lastname, as all she had was girls.
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: nayberry on September 08, 2013, 03:30:14 PM
a customer at a long ago employer of mine has the website (not giving myself away it's been a long time!)  www.mofo.com

every single time i spoke to them i'd need a moment afterwards to calm the giggles
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: #borecore on September 08, 2013, 06:10:30 PM
I have a bachelor's of journalism or B.J. degree. At other schools it's a B.A. or B.S. (funny unto itself, a teacher I had my senior year of high school said she'd changed her major on a drunken whim so she could be a "B.S.").

My father's initials are B.M. :P He always adds the middle, which doesn't help much: B.M.M.

A friend growing up was J.E.W., and her mother (only a "little bit" bigoted, she'd have said) would NOT let her sign anything with her initials because she didn't want her associated with "those people." Why she gave her the initials, I'll never know. I was even puzzled by it at age 9.
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: Ser Lucien Liliane on September 08, 2013, 07:24:40 PM
My gastroenterologist's first and middle initials are BJ. ;D

There's also a nursing home here with the very unfortunate initials of DNR. I have to wonder if they actually thought that one through!
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: Lillie82 on September 10, 2013, 08:00:49 PM
Financial Peace University actually teaches seven financial steps dubbed by those who teach the course and those who take it "the Baby Steps."

And some people shorten "Baby Steps" down to initials, too. Kind of changes the meaning... ;D
Title: Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
Post by: Mel the Redcap on September 11, 2013, 04:28:26 AM
I used to work in the Australian Department of Defence. It was not a good idea when they 'downsized' the tiny little department that had ONE JOB - making sure that nobody duplicated somebody else's acronym.

A new Director took over in the Defence Legal Office (DLO), and decided that he had to do something to 'stamp his ownership' on the directorate. He decided to change the name to the Defence Legal Service (DLS), presumably because he thought it sounded better. ::) Unfortunately, there was already the Defence Library Service (DLS) and they discovered that this was now a problem when the library and the lawyers started getting each others' mail.

The director was stubborn and refused to change the name back. Instead, he insisted that the 'The' at the beginning of the directorate's name should be included in the acronym (something that you do not do with acronyms, dangit!!!!). They became The Defence Legal Service (TDLS).

This is why everyone in the Australian Department of Defence now refers to their legal specialists as 'Tiddles'. ;D