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Generally, acronyms make poor trope names. However, there are exceptions to the rule. This is the place to decide which is which.

See also Recursive Acronym. Contrast Fun with Acronyms.

Acronyms to Keep

  • AIR - it appears to be the formal name of the series
  • Better on DVD - DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc (formerly Digital Video Disc)
  • Advertisement:
  • BFG - more family- (and advertiser-)friendly than having a trope named "Big Fucking Gun" all over the website
  • BFS - ditto for "Big Fucking Sword"
  • The CSI Effect - CSI stands for the show CSI (which itself stands for Crime Scene Investigation or Crime Scene Investigator, depending on the usage)
  • DVD Bonus Content - DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc (formerly Digital Video Disc)
  • ECW - "Extreme Championship Wrestling" (formerly stood for "Eastern Championship Wrestling")
  • MST - originally "Mystery Science Theater", now a fan-speak verb meaning to give something the MST3K treatment
  • Off-the-Shelf FX - "Off The Shelf Effects" (FX is a homonym, not an acronym)
  • RPG Elements - "Roleplaying Game Elements"
  • SNK Boss - SNK refers to the company "SNK Playmore" and its predecessor, "Shin Nihon Kikaku"
  • WCW - "World Championship Wrestling"
  • Advertisement:
  • WWE - "World Wrestling Entertainment"


  • AAA - "Asistencia Asesoría Administración"
  • CMLL - "Consejo Mundial Lucha Libre"
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable - "Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Clean Pretty Reliable" would probably be worse, but "Clean Pretty Reliable CPR" might be better
  • FMW - "Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling"
  • GBG Wrestling - "Gothenburg Wrestling"
  • GLOW - "Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling"
  • G.I.R.L. - "Guy In Real Life". Ironic acronym.
  • High School A.U. - "High School Alternate Universe"
  • IC Number - "Identity Code Number"
  • MLW - "Major League Wrestling"
  • Non-Lethal K.O. - "Non-Lethal Knockout"
  • SMW - "Smoky Mountain Wrestling"
  • Sympathetic P.O.V. - "Sympathetic Point Of View"
  • TNA - "Total Nonstop Action"
  • W.A.F.F. - "Warm And Fuzzy Feeling"
  • WSU - "Women Superstars Uncensored"


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