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Abbreviations with mutliple meanings

  1. Jun 9, 2017 #1

    Demystifier

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    DFT = discrete Fourier transform / density functional theory / double field theory

    This example has 3 meanings, all of which are relevant for a single science (in this case, physics).

    Can someone do better? (Artificial abbreviations which are not in actual use are not allowed.)
     
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  3. Jun 9, 2017 #2

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    SOB -- Medical term (shortness of breath) and the other more profane meaning...

    ALOC -- Medical (altered level of consciousness) and Military (air line of communication)

    ABC -- Medical (airway, breathing, cardiac) and Government Agency (Alcoholic Beverage Control)
     
  4. Jun 9, 2017 #3

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    HVAC- i)Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
    ii) High Voltage Alternating Current
    I am not sure if the second one is that common..
     
  5. Jun 9, 2017 #4

    jtbell

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    Also American Broadcasting Corporation and Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
     
  6. Jun 10, 2017 #5

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    SAA: South African Airways
    SAA: Society Against Abbreviations ( guess they never saw the irony)..

    Puny ##27^3 =19683## abbreviations against a few billion people trying to shorten word combos; . Maybe we need to consider 4-letter abbreviations to take the total to 531441 options?

    EDIT: It was actually SAUNA: http://www.acronymfinder.com/Society-Against-Unnecessary-Acronyms-(SAUNA).html
     
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    TLA
    Texas Library Association
    Tennessee Library Association
    Theater of Living Arts
    Total Learning Architecture
    Teaching Learning & Assessment
    Three Letter Acronym
     
  9. Jun 10, 2017 #8
    ADD:
    • Acceptable Daily Dose
    • Acute Diarrhoeal Disorder
    • Attention Deficit Disorder
    and AD&D, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (or Attention Deficit & Dice).
     
  10. Jun 10, 2017 #9

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  12. Jun 10, 2017 #11

    OCR

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    :thumbup:... Examples .
     
  13. Jun 10, 2017 #12

    WWGD

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    I almost asked a cashier out because she used the terms PIN and ATM, _without_ redundant redundance ;).
     
  14. Jun 10, 2017 #13

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    Lol... RAP phrases .
     
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    OCR

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    Lol...
     
  17. Jun 15, 2017 #16
    The Department of Redundancy Department is impressed.
     
  18. Jun 15, 2017 #17

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    There's this Canadian utility company named H2O4U ...
     
  19. Jun 15, 2017 #18

    DrClaude

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    Whenever I see an acronym I don't know, I go to www.acronymfinder.com. Most of the time, there are lots of possibilities, for instance:
    are just a few of the 357 listed there :smile:
     
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