History Main / AcronymConfusion

25th May '17 12:14:58 AM nanakiro
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* AU: an acronym for [[ParodicTableOfTheElements Gold]] (Aurum), Australia, or fanspeak for AlternateUniverse? Jokes have been made about an alternate Australia being made out of gold, but one can still never be too sure.
1st May '17 10:21:55 AM Eddy1215
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* The page-quote example from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', of course.

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* The page-quote example ** There is also the page quote which comes from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', of course."Duffless".


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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', when the duo commandeer a submarine, Brain has Pinky alter the acronym signal it gives out so no one will know it has been stolen. Pinky therefore changes the signal to say [[CatchPhrase N.A.R.F]]. Unfortunately, the Pentagon thinks it stands for Nuclear Attack Readiness Formation and has the sub bombed with depth charges.
21st Apr '17 8:35:05 AM SpaceHunterDrakeRedcrest
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* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Bat Jar Conjecture," Sheldon decides to name the team "Army Ants" due to the insects' strength. He even gets team T-shirts, which have "AA" written on them. Leonard [[LampshadeHanging points out]] how people may mistake the initials may make people think of something else. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Sheldon doubts anyone will mistake them for]] "Anodized Aluminium."
** There's also Raj, Leonard, Howard, and Leslie's team, "Perpetual Motion Squad" or "PMS" for short.
30th Mar '17 8:32:13 AM tigerstar
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* Given an extra-confusing twist in one of the "Get Me Hennimore!" sketches in ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' - the hapless Hennimore has to look after two different groups, the Murder In The Dark (MITD) club, and a wine-tasting day for a charity for nervous incontinents (Nervous Incontinents Tasting Day - NITD), while simultaneously having to deal with a printing press that keeps switching Ns for Ms. What a mightnare.
25th Mar '17 11:40:23 PM neoXsaga
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* There are four [=AAs=] known in WWE right now: Wrestling/ArnAnderson, Wrestling/AmericanAlpha, Wrestling/AustinAries, and Wrestling/JohnCena's FinishingMove Attitude Adjustment.

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* There are four known [=AAs=] known in WWE right now: Wrestling/ArnAnderson, Wrestling/AmericanAlpha, Wrestling/AustinAries, and Wrestling/JohnCena's FinishingMove Attitude Adjustment.
25th Mar '17 11:38:31 PM neoXsaga
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* There are four [=AAs=] known in WWE right now: Wrestling/ArnAnderson, Wrestling/AmericanAlpha, Wrestling/AustinAries, and Wrestling/JohnCena's FinishingMove Attitude Adjustment.
13th Feb '17 6:14:54 PM Randallw201238
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* In ''Series/GroundedForLife'', Lily placed some ads to get friends for his grampa Walt. Seeing it in other adverts, she lists as one of the interests of his grandfather ''t/v'', thinking that it means to watch ''TV'', without realizing that it's a reference to ''transvestism''. The replies that Walt get to these ads are surprising, to say the least.

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* In ''Series/GroundedForLife'', Lily placed some ads to get friends for his her grampa Walt. Seeing it in other adverts, she lists as one of the interests of his grandfather ''t/v'', thinking that it means to watch ''TV'', without realizing that it's a reference to ''transvestism''. The replies that Walt get to these ads are surprising, to say the least.
12th Feb '17 7:19:37 PM spiritsunami
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* American universities tend to get this in spades. The University of Southern California is rarely referred to by anything ''other'' than "USC", but alumni of the University of South Carolina always insist that they're "the real USC". Likewise, Oregon State, Ohio State, and Oklahoma State all use the "OSU" initialism, "UNH" is both the University of New Hampshire and the University of New Haven (Connecticut), and "MSU", um...yeah. That could be Michigan State or Mississippi State...or Montana State, Morehead State, Morgan State, Missouri State, Murray State, or [=McNeese=] State...or Minnesota State, Mountain State, Montclair State, Metropolitan State, or Minot State. And that's just in the United States; there's also the Russian universities Maritime State and Moscow State, as well as the Indian Maharaja Sayajirao and Manonmaniam Sundaranar. Or UsefulNotes/{{Moldova}} State University, the Mahendra Sanskrit University in UsefulNotes/{{Nepal}}, the Mindanao State University in the Philippines, the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia, the Mahasarakham University in UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}}, the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Turkey, and UsefulNotes/{{Zimbabwe}}'s Midlands State University.
14th Jan '17 7:34:32 PM flarn2006
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** Or "CTR Importable Archive", a common format for sideloading Nintendo 3DS software, known by its file extension .CIA?
29th Dec '16 2:46:32 PM Xtifr
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* In ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' by Creator/CharlesStross, the organisations formerly known as [=MI5=] and [=MI6=] have invoked and exploited Acronym Confusion by changing their initialisms to [=DI5=] and [=DI6=] respectively and having their old initalisms reassigned. This way, the government can honestly claim that [=MI5=] is certainly not doing whatever Orwellian thing they're being accused of while forgetting to explain that this is because [=MI5=] is the organisation in charge of rubbish collection.

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* In ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' by Creator/CharlesStross, the organisations formerly known as [=MI5=] and [=MI6=] have invoked and exploited Acronym Confusion by changing their initialisms to [=DI5=] and [=DI6=] respectively and having their old initalisms reassigned. This way, the government can honestly claim that [=MI5=] is certainly not doing whatever Orwellian thing they're being accused of while forgetting to explain that this is because [=MI5=] is the organisation in charge of rubbish collection.
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