By Graham King
The entire consultant to abbreviations and acronyms.
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An intriguing myth surrounds the ENOLA GAY, the name of the aircraft that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6 August, 1945. It is supposedly a reverse acronym of You Are Going ALONE. The truth is that the bomber was named after Mrs Enola Gay Tibbets, the mother of the pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets. ”) with the traditional acceptance that the term derives from KAMP, the police abbreviation for Known As Male Prostitute. There is no evidence for this assumption so it must remain an acronymic myth, as must the notion that COP is an acronym of Constable On Patrol.
One final point, or period. All the abbreviations in this dictionary are printed without periods. Although this is a widespread trend, and one which avoids typographical fussiness while only on the rarest of occasions causing any ambiguity, you should know that the practice is not without its critics. A A absolute (temperature); ace (cards); adult; advanced; ammeter (electric circuits); ampere; anode; area; atomic; (as in A-bomb); Argentine austral (currency); blood type A; excellence in exam marking); American; annual; answer; April; August; Australia a about; accepted; acceleration; acre; acreage; actual; address; adjective; afternoon; age; alto; annus = year; anonymous; answer; ante = before; area; arrive; arrived; arriving A0-A10 etc paper sizes, from the largest (A0 = 841x1189mm; A1 = 594x841mm) to the smallest (A10 = 26x37mm).
D. cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers (cult horror movie) chunder watch under! ”) COPS Cognitive Profiling System CORE Congress of Racial Equality (US) Corp, corp Corporation corr correction; correspondent COSLA Convention of Scottish Local Authorities C02 carbon dioxide gas COTS Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy COW Cow Observers Worldwide (group of cow enthusiasts which publishes a quarterly ‘Moosletter’) CP Common Prayer; Communist Party; Country Party (Australia); Court of Probate cp compare CPA Canadian Pacific Airlines; certified public accountant (US) CPI consumer price index Cpl Corporal CPLP Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPRE Council for the Protection of Rural England CPRW Council for the Protection of Rural Wales CPU central processing unit (computers) CRAFT Club ‘Can’t Remember a Flippin’ Thing’ Club CRE Commission for Racial Equality Cres, cres crescent Creep The American philologist William Safire tells an amusing story against himself when, during the Presidential campaign of 1972, he was asked to check the name of the Committee to Re-elect the President – at the time, President Nixon.
Abbreviations (Collins Word Power) by Graham King