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Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms

by vladb (Vicar)
on Jun 20, 2002 at 13:31 UTC ( [id://176004]=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

What kind of acronyms a mortal perl hacker trips across at his immediate/past work place(s)? Are there any that are exceptionally clever? Amusing? Odd? Ugly? Or hard to pronounce?

Although lists of every imaginable acronym on the planet have already been compiled and made available on the Internet (like this one URL:, it would be interesting to find out your list of favourite (or not so :) acronyms and the how/when/why you came up with one, or simply the place you found it and why you liked it.

Of course, to begin with, let me share with own list:
  • YEAHYEt Another Hack.

    In my Perl code, I used to denote any chunk of code that I felt uncomfortable with by simply including a comment like so:
    # HACK: # … hack code follows…
    Not so long ago, I thought of coming up with a replacement for the word ‘HACK’. I had considered switching back to ‘TODO’, but couldn’t then fit it in all cases as with most ‘hack’ code, there wasn’t much ‘to do’ with it other than replace/rewrite it. So, there somehow came the word ‘YEAH’. It was simply a play on the JAPH acronym and quite frankly I was bemused to discover that it does sound like a common utterance ‘yeah!’.

  • JAPH - Just Another PERL Hacker

    Hey, I guess this comes from merlyn?

  • BUG - Bust yoUr Guts (hey, this may fall under the 'Gore' category, don't you think? ;-)

  • GUMS - Groups’n’User Management System.

    I came up with this acronym while working on a new user management tool at my current job.

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Re: Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms
by tadman (Prior) on Jun 20, 2002 at 14:13 UTC
    Maybe you can come up with a acronym for 'XXX', which my happy-go-lucky Vim 6.0 is eager to highlight for me, along with things like 'TODO'. Must be some sort of anachronism, like 'nasal demons'.

    Just a totally random observation: HTTP - Hurts To Think Properly

      XXX: eXhilarating Xml eXperiment of course!
      Or in my case XXXX: eXtremely eXcited Xml eXpert!

Re: Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms
by robsv (Curate) on Jun 20, 2002 at 17:32 UTC
    AMFYOYO - Adios My Friend, You're On Your Own

    Very useful when you've completed a system and are handing it over to others.
    (in less-than-polite company, the "My Friend" can be be replaced with another two word phrase abbreviated to "MF" that starts with "Mother"...)

    There's also TARFU (Things Are Really F*cked Up) which fits nicely in between SNAFU and FUBAR.

    - robsv
Re: Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms
by gumby (Scribe) on Jun 20, 2002 at 14:31 UTC
    Well, there's always the classic's SNAFU and FUBAR: I have my own acronym for another windows security hole AWISH, but I admit that's poor...
Re: Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms
by thelenm (Vicar) on Jun 20, 2002 at 15:20 UTC
    My wife used to work at Intel, where they had BUMs (Business Update Meetings, I think) They had a ton of TLAs (Three-Letter Acronyms), but for some reason I can't remember any of the others.

    -- Mike


      How about the ETLA -- Extended Three Letter Acronym? :)


        Or if that acronym space isn't big enough, you can upgrade to DETLAs: Double-Extended Three Letter Acronyms.

        One who is annoyed with hackerdom's propensity towards acronyms might think of the DETLA as a SAPFU: an idea that Surpasses All Previous Fuckups.

        The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!

Re: Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms
by Rex(Wrecks) (Curate) on Jun 20, 2002 at 18:10 UTC
    A couple I ran across:
  • RFN - Right F'ing Now
  • UFBARP - Unreachable FoosBAll Relocation Protocol (we have a table here at work)
  • TWAIN - (my all time favorite) Technology Without An Interesting Name :)
  • PMS - Perky Morning Syndrom, my girlfriend has itt...ugh!

    "Nothing is sure but death and taxes" I say combine the two and its death to all taxes!
Re: Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms
by ajdelore (Pilgrim) on Jun 20, 2002 at 18:29 UTC

    My personal favorite has always been TIMTOWTDI (There Is More Than One Way To Do It).

    In fact, in a double sense this acronym represents everything I like about perl: first, the fact that the language isn't as strict as others and allows for a lot of personal idiom and expression in code; and second, the fact that perl has a great and fun-loving community behind it. I mean, really, who else would come up with such a ridiculous acronym...

    FWIW, I just searched google groups and TIMTOWTDI was used in 24 threads in comp.lang.perl.misc over the past year... I would have guessed more.


Re: Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Jun 20, 2002 at 23:41 UTC
    Just a proposition - rather than YEAH you could use Another UGly Hack, AUGH. :)

    Makeshifts last the longest.

Re: Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms
by hossman (Prior) on Jun 20, 2002 at 22:46 UTC
    At work, our Dev, PMA, QA, Stage, and Live environments now have a new brother: DIE (Development Integration Environment -- where multiple large systems can make sure they play nice together). This has led to interesting comments like: "Is your code ready to DIE?"

    your comments about HACK and TODO sound familiar. i also find myself putting just "NOOP" (NO OPeration) as a comment in places where it really is a No Op.

Re: Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms
by simon.proctor (Vicar) on Jun 21, 2002 at 13:10 UTC
    Theres the one I used to get hit with in my earlier days - NMFP. The politer way of saying this is Not My Problem. Of course the F is for those times when you felt someone should have tried harder :)
Re: Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms
by dthacker (Deacon) on Jun 20, 2002 at 20:33 UTC
    The hospitality industry is full of 'em:

    If a hotel is experiencing PMS problems, you should look at the Property Management System. Many hotel chains use a RMS (Revenue Management System) to make sure they're getting the highest possible rate. So in this case RMS makes sure that things are not free! A VIP is a VIP, and you better be nice to them. If the party next door is too loud, you may need to MODify their behavior by summoning the Manager on Duty.


    Code On!
Re: Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms
by theorbtwo (Prior) on Jun 20, 2002 at 17:23 UTC

    There are, of course, all sorts of real perlish abbreviations, like LoL, HoH, et al, and P::RD and suchlike. Don't forget POD. I'm afraid I'm being boring and literal this morning. <shrug>

    We are using here a powerful strategy of synthesis: wishful thinking. -- The Wizard Book

Re: Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms
by Abigail-II (Bishop) on Jun 21, 2002 at 12:30 UTC
    JAPH - Just Another PERL Hacker

    JAPH may be an acronym, Perl certainly isn't. We use Perl when we talk about the language, and perl when we talk about the binary. Only managers, newbies and cluefree people use PERL.


      Well in fairness it is an easy (so altogether too common) mistake to make, after all in Programming Perl:

      To those who merely like it, Perl is the Practical Extraction and Report Language. To those who love it, Perl is the Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister. And to the minimalists in the crowd, Perl seems like a pointless exercise in redundancy.....

      So I guess some people didn't see the joke and think its a misspelled acronym (not all caps) :P.

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