Truly Horrible Acronyms

Computer scientists, computer marketing professionals, and other geeks are fond of coming up with acronyms for products/technologies. Some of the acronyms used are clever, some are boring. And some are truly horrible - either being difficult to pronounce, utterly contrived, or both.

No fair putting BackroNyms on the list - or if you do, identify them as such.

Some of the worst:


How about WikiZens' own horrible contributions? I know it's a BackroNym, but I once codenamed a project as Turnip, which I later expanded to mean Timing Utility for Remote Network Investigative Purposes -- EarleMartin

I tried quite hard to get one of our review panels renamed the Change Rollout Approval Panel. I would have accepted Change Rollout Approval Board, too, especially as it rarely resulted in us moving forward! -- PaulHudson

I'm guilty of some bad ones with my current company's intranet system, which has gone through many interpretations of the system's acronym. The most polite (generally reserved for demos of the system to clients, new employees, etc.) is "Business Functionality Portal." As of this writing, it's the "Blatantly Frivolous Portal." The original code-name for the project when I started it was the Big Fricken Portal, a tribute to the BFG weapon from Doom. -- MikeLewis?

That's nothing. My company uses a Time Performance System. I turn in TpsReports every two weeks.

There is a Secure Command And Telecommand System in a project for the UK government.

This one is in Portuguese, for my university's administrative council. The acronym for "Conselho Universit´┐Żrio' is CO... You really need to understand Portuguese to know why...

Don't forget South Lake Union Trolley in Seattle!
How about some good acronyms? I built some ATE for testing modems back in the 80's. Called the design Modem Automated Test Table, so that I could use MATT as a simple, one-syllable name for a rather complex collection of IEEE-488 gear and software.
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