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15th Oct '17 12:07:22 PM FPSCanarussia
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* Toronto's high speed rail between Union station and Toronto Pearson International Airport is known as the '''U'''nion '''P'''earson Express, or the UP.

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* Toronto's high speed rail between Union station Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport is known as the '''U'''nion '''P'''earson '''U'''nion-'''P'''earson Express, or the UP.
15th Oct '17 12:06:38 PM FPSCanarussia
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* Toronto's high speed rail between Union station and Toronto Pearson International Airport is known as the '''U'''nion '''P'''earson Express, or the UP.
4th Oct '17 8:44:06 AM dmcreif
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* The term "'''S'''pecial '''W'''eapons '''A'''nd '''T'''actics" worked out very well for the public image of SWAT teams. Well enough that they could ignore the fact that, by standard acronym rules, it really ought to have been SWT. SWAT originally stood for '''S'''pecial '''W'''eapons '''A'''ssault '''T'''eam, but this acronym was rejected by higher-ups in the Los Angeles Police Department for sounding too military. Referring to a police squad as an "assault team" was considered to give the wrong impression, even though that's exactly what SWAT teams are.

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* The term "'''S'''pecial '''W'''eapons '''A'''nd '''T'''actics" worked out very well for the public image of SWAT teams.{{SWAT team}}s. Well enough that they could ignore the fact that, by standard acronym rules, it really ought to have been SWT. SWAT originally stood for '''S'''pecial '''W'''eapons '''A'''ssault '''T'''eam, but this acronym was rejected by higher-ups in the Los Angeles Police Department for sounding too military. Referring to a police squad as an "assault team" was considered to give the wrong impression, even though that's exactly what SWAT teams are.



* Missed opportunity for the bureau of [[TheAlcoholic Alcohol]], [[MustHaveNicotine Tobacco]], [[HandCannon Firearms]] and [[StuffBlowingUp Explosives]] to be called [[AwesomeMcCoolName The Bureau of]] '''[[PoeticJustice FATE]]'''.

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* Missed opportunity for the bureau Bureau of [[TheAlcoholic Alcohol]], [[MustHaveNicotine Tobacco]], [[HandCannon Firearms]] and [[StuffBlowingUp Explosives]] to be called [[AwesomeMcCoolName The Bureau of]] '''[[PoeticJustice FATE]]'''.
29th Sep '17 7:16:24 PM Siggu
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* In spanish-speaking countries, there's a joke that [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] actually stands for '''N'''egros '''B'''astante '''A'''ltos (Really Tall Black guys)
8th Sep '17 7:59:14 AM ack1308
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** The Australian military uses a multipurpose eating tool, combining a spoon, a can opener and a bottle opener, officially titled '''F'''ield '''R'''ation '''E'''ating '''D'''evice. Of course, the grunts have replaced the first two words with "'''F''''ing '''R'''idiculous" ...
6th Sep '17 5:27:00 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* In the UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem, some relatively moderate, socially progressive Republican politicians are occasionally referred to as "[=RINOs=]", an acronym for '''R'''epublicans '''I'''n '''N'''ame '''O'''nly. Aside from the obvious meaning, the term is also a {{pun}} on "rhino" (as in "rhinoceros"). The American Republican Party's official emblem is an elephant, while a rhinoceros is another large, grey-skinned animal with white horns that ''resembles'' an elephant, but isn't one.
2nd Sep '17 1:59:28 PM StevieC
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* Aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan's company Scaled Composites absolutely ''adored'' this trope, and used it in naming several of their pieces of prototype and experimental hardware.
** Their design for a lightweight, low-cost ground-attack figher was named '''A'''gile '''R'''esponse '''E'''ffective '''S'''upport.
** Their technology demonstrator for a lightweight, short-field capable transport aircraft for DARPA was internally assigned the name '''S'''pecial '''M'''ission '''U'''tility '''T'''ransport. DARPA wasn't amused, and referred to it as the '''A'''dvanced '''T'''echnology '''T'''actical '''T'''ransport or [=AT³=] for short
23rd Aug '17 9:39:24 AM GrammarNavi
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** GNU '''CCCP''' is the '''C'''-'''C'''ompatible '''C'''ompiler '''P'''reprocessor. Because '''CCCP''' is also the initialism for the SovietUnion, one might suspect that GNU is [[RedScare communist]].
*** Do keep in mind that '''CCCP''' context of the SovietUnion is spelled with the Cyrillic alphabet and means '''С'''оюз '''С'''оветских '''С'''оциалистических '''Р'''еспублик, which is in Russian.

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** GNU '''CCCP''' is the '''C'''-'''C'''ompatible '''C'''ompiler '''P'''reprocessor. Because '''CCCP''' is also the initialism for the SovietUnion, [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], one might suspect that GNU is [[RedScare communist]].
*** Do keep in mind that '''CCCP''' context of the SovietUnion Soviet Union is spelled with the Cyrillic alphabet and means '''С'''оюз '''С'''оветских '''С'''оциалистических '''Р'''еспублик, which is in Russian.
8th Jul '17 9:30:21 AM nombretomado
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* The British Government's emergency committee, convened in cases of regional, national or international emergency and the doings of which are highly classified, is generally referred to in the press and by the public as COBRA. Most feel makes up for the fact that it actually stands for the thoroughly prosaic ''Cabinet Office Briefing Room A'', and it has previously been suggested that the words 'Cabinet Office' were added to the acronym to make it more, in the words of TheOtherWiki, 'virile'. And possibly to prevent the acronym in question from spelling BRA.

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* The British Government's emergency committee, convened in cases of regional, national or international emergency and the doings of which are highly classified, is generally referred to in the press and by the public as COBRA. Most feel makes up for the fact that it actually stands for the thoroughly prosaic ''Cabinet Office Briefing Room A'', and it has previously been suggested that the words 'Cabinet Office' were added to the acronym to make it more, in the words of TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, 'virile'. And possibly to prevent the acronym in question from spelling BRA.
13th Jun '17 12:49:21 PM DemoDemon
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* There exists a type of undersea observatory device called a '''C'''irculation '''O'''bviation '''R'''etrofit '''K'''it (CORK). [[MeaningfulName It's deployed onto the openings of boreholes]] to measure water pressure and temperature.
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