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    Yes, amazing how they stick, someplace mid career, the FLA (Four L A) started being in vogue (ran out of TLA available). And there is that British legal Acronym, (at least that's the story from Ann Landers) Fornication Under Carnal Knowledge. Probably stuck as a Saxon type single syllable word you can yell. Forgive me if I offend any UK sorts.

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    Things were much better back in the days of WWII when the Brits gave meaningful names to their (sometimes dubious) weaponry. The one that springs to mind immediately is the Great Panjandrum...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panjandrum

    They had the Bangalore torpedo for dealing with barbed wire...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangalore_torpedo

    perfectly named if you've ever seen one detonated. I always thought their "Grand Slam" bunker buster was a perfect naming too.

    We contributed Fat Man, Little Boy, the Trench Broom and a bunch of others.

    I suppose all these weapons had bureaucratic TLAs assigned to them but it's the colorful terms that stick in our minds.
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    Not meaning to lead this thread further off the intended subject I just want to throw in the acronym for Stow High In Transit originated sometime in the 16th century
    as a way to let sailors know to store the bundles of dried manure high enough below decks to prevent it from becoming wet from sea water since it would not only be much heavier but would ferment and produce methane gas. Imagine carrying a lantern down in the hold where bundles of wet fermenting manure were filling the bowels of a ship with methane gas. A guarantee to ruing everyone's day
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank S View Post
    Not meaning to lead this thread further off the intended subject I just want to throw in the acronym for Stow High In Transit originated sometime in the 16th century
    as a way to let sailors know to store the bundles of dried manure high enough below decks to prevent it from becoming wet from sea water since it would not only be much heavier but would ferment and produce methane gas. Imagine carrying a lantern down in the hold where bundles of wet fermenting manure were filling the bowels of a ship with methane gas. A guarantee to ruing everyone's day
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