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  1. Salasm macrumors regular

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    did you know...

    cop = constable on patrol
    laser = light amplification by stimulated emmision of radiation
    scuba = self contained underwater breathing apparatus
    radar = radio detection and ranging

    werd. :cool:
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    because their usage has noramlized them into regular words from acronyms
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Ahhhhhh, like Qantas - Queensland And Northern Territory Airline Service. :cool:
     
  5. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Sonar = SOund Navigation And Ranging
    Maser = Microwave yada yada yada
    Lidar = LIght Detection And Ranging
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    What about the weird reverse ones... when did people start saying "O-B-G-Y-N"? It seems rather...well...
     
  7. Legolamb macrumors 6502a

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    and then there is my fav:
    For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
     
  8. Andrew D. macrumors 6502

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    The military has a lot of acronyms going around too.
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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  10. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    it's a false etymology. it doesn't really mean that.
     
  11. johnee macrumors 6502a

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    Hey! I've been trying to create some new process/patent/program at work and give it a name whose acronym is P.O.O.P. It needs to be computer/microprocessor related.

    I would LOVE some suggestions! I think it would be so FUNNY to have everyone including senior management be forced to say it! :D :D :D
     
  12. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    "The Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories says: "Around the year 1700, the slang verb cop entered English usage, meaning 'to get ahold of, catch, capture.' By 1844, cop showed up in print, and soon thereafter the -er suffix was added, and a policeman became a copper, one who cops or catches and arrests criminals. Copper first appeared in print in 1846, the use of cop as a short form copper occured in 1859.""

    "To cop" may come Dutch kapen = "to steal"; Irish ceap = "Stop, catch, seize, control", or Old French dialect caper = "to take", from Latin
    capere.

    Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

    "Cop (sl.) Catch; capture. XVIII. Of north. dial. origin; prob. variant of cap
    arrest, seize (VVI) - OF. caper seize - L. capere (see Capture) Hence cop and
    copper policeman, XIX. (Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology, p. 213,
    Oxford, 1978.)"
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    So the usage, "Yo, we need to cop a new drop" is actually the original archaic usage? :D
     
  14. Legolamb macrumors 6502a

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    Linguistically, you’re right. It's a recent add-on. But as an acronym, it’s still my fav. ;)
     
  15. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    I've noticed that any town whose name begins with "B" and has a fire department, has a problem.

    "BFD" isn't exactly the attitude you want to see written on the back of a uniform when your house is burning down.
     
  16. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    As with any university town starting with F
     
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    I've always heard that "cop" is a derivative from the copper badges police officers used to wear.
     
  18. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    ATM = Automatic Teller Machine.

    What bugs me is when people say ATM Machine!

    ATM Machine = automatic teller machine machine
    a machine that makes ATMs.
     
  19. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Fugazi is a good one too, not in popular usage like the other though...
     
  20. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    cd/dvd disk, too. it doesn't bother me so much, though. i'm accepting of other people's mistakes. ;)
     
  21. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I'm sorry, everyone around me must be perfect at all times. If they slip up, they get a backhand to the face.

    *eyes siurpeeman* ;)


    and hey, y'all know QED DOESN'T stand for Quite Easily Demonstrated... I kept telling my Calculus teacher that. I got eyes rolled at me... hehehe. :D
     
  22. bartelby macrumors Core

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    No, it's "which was to be demonstrated"
     
  23. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    yes, but the letters line up in English, too. :)

    oh, calculus, you were fun.
     
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  25. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    What is the etymology? I love that word! :) I always thought it was just an Italian loan word in English, though.

    Speaking of ATM, there was a time during the Republican congress in the days of Pres. Clinton that one of the senators or reps used to have a speech on a regular basis in which he would decry research he felt was stupid, unnecessary, or wasting of government money (insert :rolleyes: ). There was one where he was going off on someone who was asking for a fair amount of money to "research ATMs." Someone had to politely explain to him that ATM also stands for "asynchronous transfer modes" and not just banking machines. :)
     

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