Monday, 12 June 2006

Funny acronyms: nominative determinism again?

From a recent issue of Private Eye, some very apt acronyms for certain organisations - nominative determinism or aptonyms, in a way, or maybe more accurately the opposite in the second case - just spell them out for yourself:
  • British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • Sexual Health Action Group.
And if you really really don't get the first one, especially the Americans (too British an expression for you, Kirk? :D) then look it up here. Not exactly the right spelling, but close enough. Look up the second one here if you must, but that term must have crossed the Atlantic by now!

(No, I haven't been posting much lately - have been unusually busy at work etc. Hope to get back to it soon.)


Anonymous said...

Yes, for the first one the english2american link was helpful. :-D

And the second one has crossed the atlantic, what with Austin Powers and all.

Improbulus said...

Always glad to help the linguistically-challenged Americans... :P ;) :D so Austin Powers was good for something, eh?