CTSOIABTAGS? I hear you cry. Yes, I reply. CTSOIABTAGS: the Campaign To Stamp Out Idiotic Acronyms Because Things Are Getting Silly.
Organisations do tend to play fast and loose with acronyms, skipping words or combining them so that the result is a recognisable word rather than an Eastern European surname, but this one – a real example, from Nuffield Hospital in Glasgow – is the worst I’ve ever seen:
A lifetime so
Give you the
Opportunity to be a
The Nuffield says that little lot becomes GLASGOW – when of course, the correct acronym would be GHLALSSCGYTOTBAWP.
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I remember that poster. I used to sit in the waiting room seething at its idiotic banality. Or possibly its banal idiocy. Or both.