Archive for Acronyms

Bill-name acronyms

The other day, I heard about my favorite bill-name acronym in ages. The acronym in the Stop STUPIDITY Act stands for “Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years.” (One might think that would abbreviate to STUPIDCY or STUPAIDITCY, but one would be wrong.) This replaces my previous favorite bill-name acronym, the […]

NSA relationship

I was amused by this 2006 thread in a dating forum, asking about the meaning of the phrase NSA Relationship in a dating profile. Consensus seemed to be that the term really meant “No Strings Attached,” but respondents suggested a variety of other acronym expansions, such as: “A relationship with someone in the National Security […]


I first encountered the acronyms “LGTM” and “SGTM”—“Looks/Sounds Good To Me”—at work. I'm sure that plenty of people elsewhere use them, but I don't see many instances of them on...