View Full Version : OT: Favorite acronyms

07-06-2007, 03:31 PM
We've all heard of fubar and snafu. How about:

BEIFT - (pronounced "beefed") Behold, Every Indicator Forbodes Trouble.

BOHICA - Bend Over, Here It Comes Again

CHAOS - Chief Has Arrived On Scene

and finally,

FUNDY - (rumored to appear on British medical charts) F***ed Up, Not Dead Yet


07-06-2007, 07:40 PM
Just ask me Does it look like I give a F**k

Situation normal all fouled up.

07-06-2007, 07:41 PM
I have heard STOIC used around old lathes.
Never found the breakdown.

07-06-2007, 08:01 PM
I have heard STOIC used around old lathes.
Never found the breakdown.

think something on the order of 'Save The Old Iron Club'
Never found a breakdown, but every reference is also about saving old iron.


07-06-2007, 08:06 PM
With that I have to say, - -
10 Q
The software wouldn't let me say just "10 Q Ag"

07-06-2007, 08:09 PM
Around computers:

BDU fault = Brain Dead User fault

Programming the 6502 CPU

hFF op code = HCF code = Halt and Catch Fire (caused CPU to lock)

I won't bore you with 1000 or more used in Xerox.

Army official slogan was FTA = Fun, Travel and Adventure, also understood as "F**k The Army" by recruits on the last mile of a 12 mile forced march at midnight.

07-06-2007, 08:17 PM
c u n t---- Cut up not toasted

s h i t --- should had it toasted

07-07-2007, 12:56 AM
SCRAM - Safety Control Rod Axe Man or Safety Cut Rope Axe Man or Sucidal Control Axe Man

All in regards to the first pile under the chicago stadium. Hillerman was the "SCRAM man" and was responsible for cuting a rope with an axe should the control rods fail to act correctly (they were prepared to dump a considerable amount of cadmium salts on the graphite pile to kill the reaction if the control rods didn't work. The ropes should let additional control rods slide into place and if that failed then the last rope was to dump a bunch of cadmium on the reactor)

07-07-2007, 01:07 AM

07-07-2007, 01:08 AM
FIIK-F*** If I Know

FIIC-F*** If I Care

Used to use those on maintance logs, as in FIIK why it worked but it did so FIIC.

07-07-2007, 01:14 AM
I hear this one every day- GTFO. Time to get the f---'ome.

Everyone knows about ****- ship high in transit. All about not getting those cowpies wet while crossing the pond.

07-07-2007, 01:51 AM
The MARINE CORPS orders of battle in ascending order:
SNAFU (Situation Normal, All F'd Up)
TARFU (Things Are Really F'd Up)
FUBAR (F'd Up Beyond All Repair)

07-07-2007, 01:54 AM
I posted this one a while back, but you may have missed it -it's a new Mil-

Make It Like The F***ing Drawing for Once

Richard in Los Angeles

jim davies
07-07-2007, 03:45 AM
FLK Funny Looking Kid

Found on doctor's charts of selected rugrats

07-07-2007, 04:18 AM
SKID MARK- some kid in diapers making a rug krappy.

07-07-2007, 05:00 AM
One for the oldies amongst us who have the occasional CRAFT Moment =
'Can't Remember a F*****g Thing'

07-07-2007, 06:29 AM
Another computer one that is probably familiar to all but is so often forgotten:

GIGO, Garbage In, Garbage Out

also WYSIWYG, pronounced wizzywig, What You See Is What You Get

Computer nerd exclamation: DWIM!!! Do What I Mean!!! (not what I told you to do)

07-07-2007, 06:32 AM
At work here in the UK, Friday is known as 'poets day' which means 'P*ss off early, tomorrow's saturday'


07-07-2007, 09:33 AM
I like some of the military acronyms. They are undoubtedly the largest user of acronyms of all. Some are about as tortured as can get to produce a somewhat pronouncable "word" but some are purely natural. One that comes to mind is Homing Anti Radiation Missile, HARM.

There are also acronyms that have become so familiar that we forget they are acronyms, such as LASER, Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

07-07-2007, 11:19 AM
Long ago I fell heir to a long list of acronyms developed in the days of 300 baud modems. Most have fallen into disuse, but here's one that would be appropriate on this forum every time the topic of PVC for air piping comes up:

AWGTHTGTTA Are We Going To Have To Go Through This Again?
Alternative form is AWGTHTGTATA (...Through ALL This Again?)

Below my sig are some more from the list.


AAMOF -- As A Matter Of Fact
AFAIK -- As far as I know
BTOBD -- Be there or be dead
BTW -- By the way
BYKTA -- But You Knew That Already
CADET -- Can't add, doesn't even try
CMIIW -- Correct Me If I'm Wrong
DNPM -- Darn Near P***ed Myself
DWIMNWIS -- Do What I Mean, Not What I Say
ESOSL -- Endless Snorts of Stupid Laughter
FDROTFL -- Falling Down Rolling On The Floor Laughing
FOTCL -- Falling Off The Chair Laughing
FRED -- Flaming Ridiculous Electronic Device
FWIW -- For what it's worth
GIWIST -- Gee I Wish I'd Said That
GOK -- God Only Knows
GOTFIA -- Groaning On The Floor In Agony
GP,F -- Go Puke, Fast!
HSIK -- How Should I Know (sometime HTFSIK)
IIABDFI If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
IITYWYBMAB -- If I Tell You, Will You Buy Me A Beer
IITYWYBAD -- If I Tell You, Will You Buy Another Drink
IMCDO -- In My Conceited Dogmatic Opinion.
IMHO -- In my humble opinion [the speaker is never humble]
IMNSHO -- In My Not So Humble Opinion
IOW -- In other words
ISTR -- I seem to recall
KISS -- Keep It Simple Stupid
LABATYD -- Life's a bitch and then you die
LLTA -- Lots and Lots of Thunderous (or Thundering) Applause
MYOB -- Mind Your Own Business
NAVY -- Never Again Volunteer Yourself
NBL -- Not Bloody Likely
NINO -- Nothing in, nothing out
NOYB -- None Of Your Business
OBTW -- Oh, By the Way
OIC -- Oh, I see
OTL -- Out To Lunch
OTOH -- On the other hand
OTTOMH -- Off The Top Of My Head
PMFBI -- Pardon Me for butting in
PMFJI -- Pardon me for jumping in
PMJI -- Pardon my Jumping in
PnP -- Plug and Pray
POSSLQ -- Person of Opposite Sex sharing living quarters
ROF,L -- Rolling on floor, laughing
ROFL -- <same>
ROFLAHMSL -- Rolling On Floor Laughing And Holding My Sides Laughing
ROTBA -- Reality On The Blink Again
ROTFL -- Rolling On The Floor Laughing
ROFLASTC -- Rolling On The Floor Laughing And Scaring
ROFLASC <same> The Cat. Originated, I'm told by Pamela Dean, who
types with a cat on her lap.
ROTFLMAAOBPO -- Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A*s And Other Body Parts Off
ROTM -- Right On The Money
SITD -- Still in the dark
SUFID -- Screwing Up Face In Disgust
SWAG -- Simple Wild A** Guess
SWMBO -- She who must be obeyed
SYT -- Sweet Young Thing
TAF -- That's all Folks
TAFN -- That's all for Now
TFS -- Three Finger Salute (Ctl-Alt-Del)
TSR -- Totally Stupid Rules
TTYL -- Talk to You Later
TYVM -- Thank You Very Much
WAEF -- When All Else Fails
WAMKSAM -- Why Are My Kids (or Kitties) Staring At Me?

07-07-2007, 01:22 PM
Evan, its funny that you mention that. Just the other day i saw that the term "to lase or lasing" is now an acceptable term to describe the process of exciting a "lasing" medium to produce the laser. Apparently the acronym LASER has morfed into a word!

07-07-2007, 03:56 PM
An acronym from the dirt bike world. WFO. The 1st word is wide, the last is open, you can guess the rest .....


Norman Warfield
07-08-2007, 07:48 AM
Can't Understand Normal Thinking

07-09-2007, 09:59 AM
I would suspect most here are familiar with Mil.-Spec. At work this one gets used at times: Mil.-Too.

Make It Like The Other One

07-09-2007, 02:25 PM
My favorite resource for acronyms: http://www.acronymfinder.com/

07-09-2007, 02:27 PM
And from the world of acedemia we have:

BS bull sh*t
MS more sh*t
PHD piled higher and deeper

07-09-2007, 03:00 PM
Three letter acronym

Peter N
07-09-2007, 03:08 PM
No Bloody Good

07-09-2007, 03:11 PM
A rare computer troubleshooting acronym:

PIBCAK: Problem Is Between Chair And Keyboard

07-09-2007, 06:39 PM
Another version of PHD:
Pizza Hut Deliverer

07-09-2007, 06:43 PM
At work here in the UK, Friday is known as 'poets day' which means 'P*ss off early, tomorrow's saturday'


Corruption has occured, in Derby 1958 it was "Peace On Everthing, Tomorrow's Saturday".

07-09-2007, 08:00 PM
One of my favorites from my days in the Coast Guard - HICOMTERPACIS - kind of has a musical feel - just rolls off the tongue. "High Commissioner, Territory of the Pacific Islands" in English. Try getting that right the first time on a really noisy voice radio link at 2:00 AM.

Tom Buchanan
07-09-2007, 11:28 PM
this is a no shi88er...the latest syndrome is SAD..seasonal affected disorder..caused by all the rain.If you shoot the principal,this is prob what caused it.go figure.

07-10-2007, 12:16 PM
TLM (Three-Letter Acronym)

as in "Ban TLMs!"

07-10-2007, 07:54 PM
I still like Madmans (?)sig line ......


07-10-2007, 08:27 PM
Nobody mentioned TANSTAAFL?(There ain't no such thing as a free lunch).


07-10-2007, 09:34 PM
Opened a brand new boiler for the acceptance insection and start up in Helena, Montana, opened the front door, and written across the front tube sheet, in big letters, in red spray paint, was NFG. When a boiler is built, it is inspected and hydroed, if it passes, it gets its ASME certifcation stamping, if it fails it is repaired and retested, this goes on until it passes. According to the factory build sheets, because of faultly piping and gaskets, it took 5 times to pass and get it certification, apparantly during the process someone got fustrated and expressed their opinion, and after it passed, no one bothered to cleaned off the painting. Those 3 little letters cost my company a great deal of money, as the customer no longer wanted that pertictular boiler, was never sure if they got a new boiler, or if the factory just gave them a very long warranty, whatever it was it was expensive.