Abbreviations and acronyms

Lisa Markwell, editor of ‘The Independent on Sunday’, kicked this one off with A and B the C of D: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, which reminded me of Katharine Welby, who calls herself ABCD, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Daughter. Lisa also mentioned Biwisi: believe it when I see it. Here are 10 more.

  1. Cobra Cabinet Office Briefing Room A. There is, of course, no Briefing Room B. From Rich Greenhill.
  2. Wombat Waste of Money, Brains and Time. Thanks to Tom Joyce.
  3. YYSSW Yeah, Yeah, Sure, Sure, Whatever. From Henry Selzer.
  4. Kiss Keep It Simple, Stupid. Nominated by Gabrielle Laine-Peters.
  5. TLA Three-Letter Abbreviation, says Kulgan of Crydee.
  6. Banana Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone. Once favoured by David Cameron. Nominated by Mark Bassett as better than the well-known Nimby.
  7. Bogof Buy One, Get One Free. Sold to Professor Paul Cairney.
  8. Picnic Problem In Chair Not In Computer. Useful IT diagnosis. Laine-Peters again.
  9. Filth Failed In London, Try Hong Kong. With thanks to Keith Howitt.
  10. Flotus First Lady of the United States. From Nick Reid.

First published in the Independent on 23rd November 2014.

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