T.W.A. - Those Wonderful Acronyms

Subject: T.W.A. - Those Wonderful Acronyms
From: "Cathy MacDonald" <camacdonald -at- core -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2006 13:11:49 -0600

I, too, work for a military contractor, and I'm so sick of trying to
remember those bazillion acronyms that my head is about to explode! Is it
so hard to say the words "Electronic Unit" instead of "EU"? If someone
refers to "AI," why should I have to run through the list of
possibilities...Artificial Intelligence? Air India? Amnesty International?
Art Institute? Oh, of course: "ATTITUDE INDICATOR!" And, for crying out
loud, 99% percent of these so-called acronyms are really just initialisms.

Okay, I don't so much mind an "acronym" such as "HSI" (Horizontal Situation
Indicator) cuz it's a mouthful-and-a-half, but I now maintain 67
single-spaced pages of acronyms (many of which have the same acronym but
different names) just to know what my boss is talking about. And each
airline uses different names and acroynms, and even different names and
acronyms for each model of their own aircraft. For each acronym I finally
commit to memory, I have to forget my phone number, computer password, my
brother's name, and the street I live on.

When I ask The Boss questions about commercial or military aircraft, he
never responds with anything resembling names or common terminology; it's
much easier to just rattle off numbers: "Ya got yer 310s, yer FA-18, yer
F117s, yer JSF F-35s" ..blah, blah, blah. Thanks, Boss; that really cleared
things up for me... Not. I think he's a major cog in the
Military-Industrial Numerical Acronym Conspiracy (MINAC).

Wait, I've got to add that acronym (and yes, it's a true acronym) to my

Check out http://www.2-sir.com/TwinFalls/acronym6.html#A


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