fasgrolia

Subject: fasgrolia
From: Al Rubottom <alrub -at- INETWORLD -dot- NET>
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 1996 18:34:31 -0800

Gentle-listmembers,

In the interest of expanding your awareness
and perhaps testing [tasting?] your humor boundaries,
I submit herewith an excerpt [from the TBTF newsletter,
<http://www.tbtf.com>] on fasgrolia:

Jargon Scout: Fasgrolia

[Fasgrolia is defined as "the fast-growing language of initialisms and
acronyms" in one of my favorite reference sources, _Mrs. Byrne's Dic-
tionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words_ (University Books,
Secaucus, NJ, 1974). Mrs. Byrne is Josepha Heifitz Byrne, daughter of
the renowned violinist Jascha Heifitz.]

Carol Yutkowitz <carol -at- atria -dot- com> attended the Moft developers'
conference last month <http://www.empire.net/~psl/Fun_People/1996/1996AVG.html>.
She was impressed by the depth and thoroughness
of the Microsoft Internet solutions but, like many an engineer who sits
in a darkened room absorbing Marketecture presentations, she emerged
dazed by the tangle of fasgrolia. Here is her precis of the jargon bandied
about, without explanatory gloss, by the Microsoft presenters.

PDC, HPC, Active Platform, SMP, ActiveX, HTML, Normandy, ITV, IE, IIS,
NTW, Memphis, W&S, WDB, USB, OnNow, DirectX, HSM, SMS, SMTP, POP,
NNTP, LDAP, IMAP, SQL, VB, DFS, NTFS, ADO, OLE DB, ODBC, SSL, PPTP,
DNS, XDS, ISV, Denali, SNA, LU, HTTP, DCOM, SDK, IPC, DCE, RPC, TCP,
UDP, IPX, SPX, Falcon, LOB, IETF, DSWeb, ADS, NDS, MMC, NTDS, ACL,
CIFS, MAPI, C2, E3, SSPI, PK, CAPI, TCO, SAM, NCP, IDC, CGI, ASP,
CICS, Cedar, K2, RDBMS, ISAM, RDO, DAO, QP, VBS, DTC, XA, UTM, MIME,
PROFS, IRC, ISP, JIT, Authenticode, Trident, CAB, JAR, RNI, AWT, IDE,
GUID.
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


Now, how many of you can recognize how many of these bloody
acronyms, abbreivations, codenames, whatever, at a glance?
Do you ever wonder how much of our short- and/or long-term
memory capacity is expended on these troublesome bits?

Al Rubottom /\ alrub -at- inetworld -dot- net
tel: 619.292.9998 /\ fax: 619.541.2260


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