A couple of years in the past, after I simply couldn’t provide you with a superb acronym for a program, I put out a name to my sensible and worldly readers for assist. As typical, they got here via.
I’m embarrassed to confess that I’m having one other lapse of literary creativeness.
In that spirit, under is a barely revised model of a bit from 2018, outlining the identical dilemma I’m going through at the moment. Any assist can be significantly appreciated! I may be reached at deandad (at) gmail (dot) com, however on this case, Twitter (@deandad) might be extra enjoyable.
What’s the most effective campus (or company) acronym you’ve seen?
I’ve a few initiatives that want acronyms, and I would like inspiration.
There’s an artwork to a superb acronym. Ideally, it ought to be pronounceable with out a lot pressure. The outdated PSAT had a slash and a second acronym, based mostly on “Nationwide Benefit Scholarship Qualifying Take a look at.” “NMSQT” doesn’t actually roll off the tongue. Numsquat? Not good.
Humor may be tough. Brookdale used to have a school group tasked with engaged on outcomes evaluation that it referred to as the Brookdale Studying Final result Buddies, or BLOBs. I get what they had been going for, however I refuse on precept to convene the BLOBs. It sounds just like the type of factor that ends with a rampaging gelatinous alien getting zapped with electrical wires, versus, say, a committee report. It’s greatest to not confuse the 2.
I like Evaluation Job Drive, or ATF, as a result of it has a type of strike-force sound to it. (“Up in opposition to the wall, studying outcomes!”) My opinion will not be universally shared.
At Holyoke, I used to be pleased with the Basic Training Evaluation Committee, as a result of GEAC lends itself to being pronounced “geek.” People there patiently indulged me, however I believe I used to be the one one who really discovered it humorous. Alas.
It’s necessary to look out for unintended meanings. At one other faculty, I used to be as soon as in a dialogue of … let’s say a “program” … the acronym for which, when spoken, would have connoted a intercourse act not often spoken of in well mannered firm. Explaining my objection in the course of the assembly entailed an undeniably awkward second, but it surely additionally prevented what might have been a very unlucky little bit of public relations, and an irresistible invitation to graffiti artists in all places. On a much less excessive degree, I used to be as soon as in a gathering at which somebody steered an workplace of “Tutorial Help Companies.” It fell to me to level out that the acronym most likely wasn’t excellent.
College students generally provide you with good ones. When TB and I visited Cornell, the tour information talked about that the vegan membership had dialectically generated its personal antithesis, a gaggle referred to as Males Consuming Animals Collectively (MEAT). I needed to tip my cap to that one.
When unsure, it’s most likely higher to go along with phrases with optimistic emotional connotations. It’s putting when somebody goes the opposite approach. As an illustration, at Brookdale we now have a director of institutional analysis and analysis, or DIRE. I can’t assist however suppose that another mixture of phrases or letters should have been obtainable.
My favourite acronym was for a program, years in the past, referred to as Kindling Inclusionary Science, Math, Engineering, and Know-how, or KISMET. That’s simply pretty. It’s optimistic, intelligent, endearing and particular. It even suggests glad accidents, which is about as excellent a reference for inclusionary STEM schooling as there may be. It’s one way or the other each humble and aspirational.
Sensible and worldly readers, what moments of acronym-based greatness have you ever seen?