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Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2013, 01:21:44 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.
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Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2013, 01:30:52 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.'
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Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2013, 02:21:07 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.

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Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2013, 04:30:14 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

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Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2013, 07:10:30 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.

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Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2013, 08:24:40 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!
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Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2013, 09:00:49 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

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Re: Doesn't sound as good using the initials...
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2013, 05:28:26 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
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