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Acronyms within acronyms

In an interesting twist on the usual ubiquitous acronym, my father-in-law found this one:

MOL is a Japanese shipping corporation and their letters stand for "Mitsui O.S.K. Lines," the "OSK" standing in turn for "Osaka Shosen Kaisha." So what we have is an acronym within an acronym. I find this intriguing.

Can you think of any others?

May have to cross-post to grammargasm.


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Dec. 7th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Hah--yeah, that's up there with the ever-popular "ATM machine."
Dec. 6th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
AIM = AOL Instant Messenger comes to mind...
Mar. 21st, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Acronyms within acronyms
Got one for you: CERFP.
That's a U.S. military acronym for CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package.
CBRNE is an acronym for Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive OR Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives OR Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Enhanced Conventional Weapons.
Or, in simple English, nothing good.
SSG Jim Greenhill
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: Acronyms within acronyms
Great one! That's a mouthful and a half, even in its acronym state.

Thanks Jim!
Dec. 1st, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
acronym within acronym
SCSI = Small Computer System Interface
SAS = Serial Attached SCSI, or Serial Attached Small Computer System Interface.

Where are the acronym police when you need them.

Dec. 31st, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
How about AWA?
This is actually two acronyms within an acronym .
AWA is an acronym for "ACRONYMS WITHIN ACRONYMS"; the title of this discussion.
Does that count? One could even argue that there are an infinite number of acronyms within the acronym AWA.
Mar. 25th, 2016 11:42 am (UTC)
Acronyms within acronyms
RISC = Reduced Instruction Set Computer
ARM = Acorn RISC Machine (later Advanced RISC Machines)
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