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Playing With / Fun with Acronyms

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Basic Trope: Acronyms spell or sound out words.

  • Straight: There's an organization called the National Enigma Research Department, or N.E.R.D.
  • Exaggerated: Many things in the work have nifty acronyms.
  • Downplayed: It's just the National Research Department (N.R.D.), which doesn't quite spell the word "nerd" but it's close enough.
  • Justified:
    • The founder, Alice, was proud of her nerdy ways and thought it would be cool if her organization spelled the word "nerd".
    • Advertisement:
    • Such an acronym easily conveys what kind of organization or concept it is.
  • Inverted: The organization has such a long name that its abbreviation is very hard to pronounce, and certainly not a word.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: There's a club called the GOBS, or Group Of Brainy PalS. Alice, who came up with the name, says, "Yes, I know it's forced, but I wanted it to spell something."
  • Zigzagged:
  • Averted: The organization is called the National Department for the Research of Unusual Situations, which forms the meaningless abbreviation N.D.R.U.S.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "That spells 'nerd'!"
  • Invoked: "If our initials spell out something, people would remember what our group is called."
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: Alice refuses to name her organization anything where the initials spell out words, because she's afraid people wouldn't take it seriously.
  • Advertisement:
  • Discussed: "And there was this group and its initials spelled out the word 'nerd'!"
  • Conversed: "This show focuses on this group called the National Enigma Research Department... look at the initials."
  • Implied: The word "nerd" is seen written in capital letters on a building. It is probably an acronym, because otherwise, it'd be strange to have that word there.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played for Laughs:
  • Played for Drama:
    • The fact the acronym spells out an embarrassing name leads to the organization being ignored until it's too late.
    • The man who designed the artefact is more than a little pissed at the guy who is in charge of creating acronymic designations, because he thinks the latter man manufactured the jokey name as a deliberate insult.

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