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03 June 2013 @ 03:25 pm
The Hoard Potato: The Acronomicon  
In a superhero world, EVERY government organization has a clever acronym. The tax bureau, for example, is the Internal Revenue Investigation Service, or IRIS, and their logo is the All-Seeing Eye on the Great Seal.

McGuffinhitchkitty on June 4th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but some of them can't decide what the acronym stands for. How many different parsings of S.H.I.E.L.D. were there, in the Silver Age alone?
Your Obedient Serpent: Captain America 01athelind on June 4th, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, it was Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law Enforcement Division all through the Silver and Bronze Ages. it wasn't until 1991 that it changed to Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate.

Of course, here's the final word on THAT, at 22 seconds in::

Edited at 2013-06-04 11:37 pm (UTC)
McGuffinhitchkitty on June 5th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
I would swear I'd seen something in a No-Prize anthology about S.H.I.E.L.D. having had multiple meanings.

And yeah, the interviewee's comment is spot-on.
Reverend Raffertynormanrafferty on June 4th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
Government Initiative Against National Terrorism
ebony14 on June 5th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
I may have mentioned this before, but in high school, some friends came up with A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. I don't remember what the exact meaning was, but the last two letters were for Yngvie Malmsteen. Sadly, the Man From A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. never made an appearance in our superhero games.
Hafochafoc on June 5th, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
I hate bacronyms. Any bunch of yahoos will come up with something like ABATE or NICE or whatever. It's not the fact they come up with a half-witty backronym that bothers me, it's that insufferable smugness at their imagined cleverness.

Of course that's not as bad as the Kroch Brothers forming another fake public interest group and calling it Citizens for Goodness and Niceness, etc. How could you possibly oppose them? What do you have against Goodness and Niceness?