Funny three-initial mismatches

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Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

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There's always GTA, which bothered me at first when it was applied to Grand Theft Auto...because for me, it always meant Greater Toronto Area. "The GTA" still does, anyway.
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The two meanings of CGI confused me for a while during the period .... maybe mid 2000s ..... where one meaning began to gain ground at the expense of the other. CGI in the sense of old-fashioned "ugly but efficient" stands for Common Gateway Interface, though I never bothered to learn that at the time. The newer sense stands for computer-generated imagery. My confusion was that I believed that CGI scripts had evolved to the point where they could be used to generate complex animations, even though all of the CGI i had seen up to that point was just text spilled out onto a webpage with little advanced formatting.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard off Portsmouth, New Hampshire is sometimes called PNY presumably because of the sound of PNS. This was also a manufacturer of RAM, thumb drives, etc.... but there was no real potential for confusion. However I think most locals just call it "the Shipyard" and avoid the acronyms altogether. It took me a few years to realize that the beer brewery calling itself the Shipyard was instead located in Portland Maine and entirely unrelated. Both "shipyards" are large employers and the name has been used for related things .... e.g. a co-worker once said she ate at "the shipyard" and I never knew whether she meant a restaurant located near the Portsmouth naval yard or at one of the beer brewery's sit-in establishments.

CYA ("cover your ass") momentarily confused me as I just thought of "see ya" and didn't have a way to look it up at the time. I know I've made some other similar mistakes where I see an acronym and read it as a normal word that's just capitalized for emphasis, but can't think of any right now.

POS "Point of Sale" or "Piece of S--t" ... only in retail are you likely to encounter the first use, though. (edit: oh, right .... "part of speech".)
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Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

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bump, because it's been a month...


DHS Department of Homeland Security
DHS Department of (Health and) Human Services. The federal department is always and only DHHS, with four letters, but state level divisions of it can be called just DHS. The missing H seems to always be "health", so the DHS acronym stands for "Department of Human Services".

DOE can be similarly ambiguous, as the E can stand for Energy or Education in the US, and some nations also have a Department of the Environment.
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Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

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Pabappa wrote: 21 Aug 2020 14:46=
POS "Point of Sale" or "Piece of S--t" ... only in retail are you likely to encounter the first use, though. (edit: oh, right .... "part of speech".)
You know, I was about to suggest POS, then I came here and saw you had already added it. Shoot!

I've got another one, though:

MSM MainStream Media
MSM Men who have Sex with Men
CYA ("cover your ass") momentarily confused me as I just thought of "see ya" and didn't have a way to look it up at the time. I know I've made some other similar mistakes where I see an acronym and read it as a normal word that's just capitalized for emphasis, but can't think of any right now.
Well, this one confuses me:

PMS PostMenstrual Syndrome
PMs Private Messages
PMs Prime Ministers
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Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

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Also:

GPS Global Positioning System
GPs General Practitioners

DHS is also short for D_____ High School. In fact, in my rock musical The Bittersweet Generation, the high school is called Dulcevida High (I picked the name out a few years before 9/11) and in one song, "The Problem with Youth", the assistant-principal Mr. Pittman actually sings: "Why did I become asst-principal at DHS?"
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