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IDontUseTheForumSoWhyAmIForc
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IDontUseTheForumSoWhyAmIForc   11/4/2013 11:58:29 AM
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It seems that everyone missed the obvious ... TLA

Every good engineer should know about the dreaded 'Three Letter Acronym'

 

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bwb0   11/1/2013 9:32:24 AM
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SAR (search and rescue) for the Coast Guard for example

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David Ashton   10/31/2013 6:25:18 AM
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OOPS.....

What we need is a RED PENCIL - a Reliable Electronic Device for Producing Every Name Composed of Initial Letters....

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David Ashton   10/31/2013 6:23:21 AM
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What we need is a RED PENCIL - a Reliable Electronic Device for Decoding Every Name Composed of Initial Letters....

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jackOfManyTrades   10/31/2013 5:50:52 AM
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In spite of the fact that both our countries are abbrievations*, I can think of several things that are known by their initial letters in the US but not in the UK:

what I believe you call an SMS in the US, we call a text

what you call an RV, we call a camper

what you cal an SUV, we call a four by four

what you used to call a VCR, we called a video

what you call an ATM, we call a cashpoint

what you call a TV, traditionally we call a tele (though TV is common, too)

I wonder why that is?

*BTW: to be brutally pedantic (and that never gets anyone anywhere), an acronym is an abbrievation that makes a new word, eg RAM, laser, AIDS are acronyms; CPU, GSM, HIV etc are not

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jackOfManyTrades   10/31/2013 5:32:53 AM
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ATM? I thought you meant Air Traffic Management.

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jimfordbroadcom   10/29/2013 4:18:36 PM
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Let's see, is that High Voltage Alternating Current or Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning?  Even more confusing when you realize that many HVAC (the latter) systems run on HVAC (the former)!


I was just thinking about this the other day, about how SAR could be Synthetic Aperture Radar to an EE working at an aerospace company, it could be Successive Aprroximation Register to an EE designing analog to digital converters (ADC's, of course), it could be Segmentation And Reassembly layer to an EE working on ATM (I mean Asynchronous Transfer Mode, not Automatic Teller Machine!), or Specific Absorption Rate to an EE working on cellular phones and concerned with the amount of radiation absorbed by the user's head!  And these are just EE's (electrical engineers)!  I hate to think what SAR means to politicians, lawyers, and used car salesmen!

Hey, that could be a new acronym for those people who, shall we say, are not known for their brutal honesty like we engineers are; PLAUCS - Politicians, Lawyers, And Used Car Salesmen.  I like it!

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NickPDA   10/29/2013 12:29:25 PM
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 - and why isn't HVAC the exact opposite of LVDC (which has at least two meanings anyway)?

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Caleb Kraft   10/29/2013 12:24:49 PM
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well, you know, there might be one of those devices out there somewhere, possibly even USB!

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Caleb Kraft   10/29/2013 12:19:22 PM
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see, I saw CPM and instantly thought of online ad revenue measured in the cost per million. My goodness!

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