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2nd Dec '17 10:40:13 PM 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.

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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."
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" There's also Raj, Leonard, Howard, and Leslie's team, "Perpetual Motion Squad" or "PMS" for short.


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* In ''{{VideoGame/ARMS}}'', when Mechanica fights [[BlobMonster Helix]], Biff will explain that Helix is a living blob of DNA, but admits he doesn't know what that means. His hypothesis is "Do Not Attack" and warns Mechanica not to fall for it.
30th Nov '17 10:55:13 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* "GM" within the context of tabletop [=RPGs=] and [=MMOs=] means "game master"; for the former, it refers to the one in charge of the game, and in the latter, they perform administrative and moderative tasks such as dealing with problematic players. Amongst ''Tetris TGM'' players, it refers to "Grand Master", the highest possible rank in every arcade ''TGM'' game.

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* "GM" within the context of tabletop [=RPGs=] and [=MMOs=] means "game master"; for the former, it refers to the one in charge of the game, and in the latter, they perform administrative and moderative tasks such as dealing with problematic players. Amongst ''Tetris TGM'' players, it refers to "Grand Master", the highest possible rank in every arcade ''TGM'' game. It also stands for the American automobile company General Motors.
30th Nov '17 10:54:50 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* "GM" within the context of tabletop [=RPGs=] and [=MMOs=] means "game master"; for the former, it refers to the one in charge of the game, and in the latter, they perform administrative and moderative tasks such as dealing with problematic players. Amongst ''Tetris TGM'' players, it refers to "Grand Master", the highest possible rank in every arcade ''TGM'' game.
30th Nov '17 10:51:08 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* Amongst ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' fans, "[=HoD=]" can cause a bit of confusion as it can stand for both ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Harmony of Dissonance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]]''. Fans usually use "HD" for the latter to get around this.

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* Amongst ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' fans, "[=HoD=]" can cause a bit of confusion as it can stand for both ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Harmony of Dissonance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]]''. Fans usually use "HD" for the latter to get around this.this, which doubles a reference to ''Despair'' being on an HD console, while ''Dissonance'' isn't.
27th Nov '17 5:10:46 AM Andyroid
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* In ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing: New Leaf'', a Snooty villager may ask if you believe in [=UFOs=]: Unidentified Floor Oranges.
16th Nov '17 1:45:41 PM Amahn
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* In the US, the early ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games were called Dragon Warrior, leading to the DW# abbreviation. Around the time the switch back to Dragon Quest was made the ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld'' series was also starting up with the DW# abbreviation. Fans of both instead insisted Digimon World was DMW#.
13th Nov '17 8:31:13 PM merotoker
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* In ''Film/NationalSecurity'', Earl (Martin Lawrence) spots a file in DaChief's office labelled "CIA Heist". Hank (SteveZahn) assumes Earl is making this up. Later, though, they find that the bad guys have been raiding warehouses for kegs made of a new space-age alloy worth millions. They confront DaChief with it, who confirms the CIA connection. Hank is incredulous, assuming they're talking about the Central Intelligence Agency. Both Earl and DaChief look at him like he's an idiot and explain that they mean Crupps International Aerospace. Earl later asks why Hank thought he meant the actual CIA.

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* In ''Film/NationalSecurity'', Earl (Martin Lawrence) (Creator/MartinLawrence) spots a file in DaChief's office labelled "CIA Heist". Hank (SteveZahn) (Creator/SteveZahn) assumes Earl is making this up. Later, though, they find that the bad guys have been raiding warehouses for kegs made of a new space-age alloy worth millions. They confront DaChief with it, who confirms the CIA connection. Hank is incredulous, assuming they're talking about the Central Intelligence Agency. Both Earl and DaChief look at him like he's an idiot and explain that they mean Crupps International Aerospace. Earl later asks why Hank thought he meant the actual CIA.



* More from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', as a tragedy of ShoehornedFirstLetter:

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* More from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', as a tragedy of ShoehornedFirstLetter:ShoehornedFirstLetter with the Krusty Komedy Klassic:



* During the UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan, a group of German forwarding agents was captured and killed by a Mujaheddin militia after they were MistakenForSpies. The reason? They were driving lorries with [[UsefulNotes/ASmallTownInGermany Bonn]] number plates, all of which read "SU" (which stands for the district of '''S'''iegb'''u'''rg, not ''''S'''oviet '''U'''nion').

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* During the UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan, a group of German forwarding agents was captured and killed by a Mujaheddin militia after they were MistakenForSpies. The reason? They were driving lorries with [[UsefulNotes/ASmallTownInGermany Bonn]] UsefulNotes/{{Bonn}} number plates, all of which read "SU" (which stands for the district of '''S'''iegb'''u'''rg, not ''''S'''oviet '''U'''nion').



** Fighting game fans will think of ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'', Nintendo fans will think of ''VideoGame/StarFox'' and old-school Sega fans will think of ''VideoGame/ShiningForce''.

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** Fighting game fans will think of ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'', ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', Nintendo fans will think of ''VideoGame/StarFox'' and old-school Sega fans will think of ''VideoGame/ShiningForce''.



* Most Americans know IRS as the Internal Revenue Sertvice, aka that damn bureau that residents have to pay taxes to by April of every year. Fans of ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster'' instead or also think of Initial Rotation System, a mechanic for making ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' pieces spawn pre-rotated, and car enthusiasts will think of Independent Rear Suspension, a type of suspension that allows rear wheels to move up and down independently of each other.

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* Most Americans know IRS as the Internal Revenue Sertvice, Service, aka [[IntimidatingRevenueService that damn bureau that residents have to pay taxes to by April of every year.year]]. Fans of ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster'' instead or also think of Initial Rotation System, a mechanic for making ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' pieces spawn pre-rotated, and car enthusiasts will think of Independent Rear Suspension, a type of suspension that allows rear wheels to move up and down independently of each other.
1st Nov '17 9:10:10 AM pvsage
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* In the ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' episode "In the Clamor of the Clangor", Lorelai says that Luke should be working for the CIA because he's so inscrutable. Sookie, thinking Lorelai meant the Culinary Institute of America, says "I have friends there."

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* In the ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' episode "In the Clamor of the Clangor", Lorelai says that Luke should be working for the CIA because he's so inscrutable. Sookie, thinking Lorelai meant the Culinary Institute of America, says "I have friends there."" An understandable mistake since Sookie is a chef and a CloudCuckooLander.
1st Nov '17 8:53:51 AM pvsage
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* In the ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' episode "In the Clamor of the Clangor", Lorelai says that Luke should be working for the CIA because he's so inscrutable. Sookie, thinking Lorelai meant the Culinary Institute of America, says "I have friends there."
29th Oct '17 10:06:11 AM Angus_Old
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* Most Americans know IRS as the Internal Revenue Sertvice, aka that damn bureau that residents have to pay taxes to by April of every year. Fans of ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster'' instead or also think of Initial Rotation System, a mechanic for making ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' pieces spawn pre-rotated.

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* Most Americans know IRS as the Internal Revenue Sertvice, aka that damn bureau that residents have to pay taxes to by April of every year. Fans of ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster'' instead or also think of Initial Rotation System, a mechanic for making ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' pieces spawn pre-rotated.pre-rotated, and car enthusiasts will think of Independent Rear Suspension, a type of suspension that allows rear wheels to move up and down independently of each other.
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