A Couple of Gems from “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!”

The hilarious NPR weekly news quiz show (airing on WNYC at 11:00 am on Saturday and 4:00 pm on Sunday at 93.9 FM) had a lot of gems today. At the end, the guests were asked what name the Washington Redskins would come up with to replace their un-PC name. One suggestion was the Washington Red Faces; another was, the Washington We-Don’t-Care-What-You-Call-Us-Just-Give-Us-Our-Damn-Land-Back.

Even more interesting was the story in the Guardian (UK) this week about the Twitter acronym file the FBI has been laboriously compiling, with the aid of our tax money. They have deftly nailed such spy-worthy notations as FMTKFYTFO (for me to know, for you to find out) and YKWRGMG (you know what really grinds my gears), among many others. Knowing the FBI is hard at work on projects like this will make us all sleep easier.

The author added: “As Tom Standage has pointed out, similar constraints gave rise to the short forms used on Roman wax-tablet messages: SVEEB meant “If you are well, that is good, I am well” (si vales, bene est, ego valeo). SPD was short for “Sends many greetings” (salutem plurimam dicit).”

There were the standard tweets, like can’t type now, PLOS  (parents looking over shoulder) — and the offbeat: PIMPL  (pee in my pants laughing). But my favorite (because it happens to all of us, right?) is: NIFOC (naked in front of computer).

In this gorgeous (first day of) summer weather, we should all be NIFOC!

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Nancy Hoffmann began studying Zen Buddhism in 1992 and has dedicated this site to meditating on what she sees and believes. She is not averse to sharing laughter as well.
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