What’s In A Name?

  • C.U.N.T.S. (Cambridge University Naval Training Squadron) Prior to and during WWII, there were many university based naval training units in Great Britain with names on the pattern [name] University Naval Training Squadron…One such unit was supposedly the Cambridge University Naval Training Squadron
  • P.I.I.G.S. (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain) Used mainly by the European press to refer to the countries on continent’s periphery that have been hit especially hard by the financial crisis and most in need of bailout money
  • S.U.X. – This is the three letter acronym assigned to Sioux Gateway Airport, Sioux City, Iowa
  • A.A.R.S.E. (African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment)
  • B.A.R.F. (Border Alien Robbery Force) – Formed by the San Diego PD in 1976 to aid the thousands of illegal Mexican aliens who came north from Tijuana…Shut down in 1978 due to corruption
  • C.R.A.P. (Commandos de Recherche et d’Action en Profondeur) – A special forces unit of the French Army (formed in 1981) which was renamed to The Commando Parachute Group (CPG) in 1999 for obvious reasons
  • F.A.R.T. (Ferrovie Autolinee Regionali Ticinesi) – This regional bus and rail company provides the urban and suburban bus network of Lucarno, Switzerland
  • S.O.F.A. (Status Of Forces Agreement) – This is an agreement between a military and the foreign country where it is based…The best-known SOFA is the withdrawal agreement reached between the United States and Iraq in 2008
  • F.A.R.C. (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo) – A Marxist-Leninist revolutionary group in Columbia…It is considered a terrorist group by the  government
  • U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) – I’m sure this is a contrived acronym
  • A.S.O.L. (American Symphony Orchestras League)

10 thoughts on “What’s In A Name?

  1. LOL Bones! Where did you get all this great stuff from? You could have arranged the list in a more logical manner… S.O.F.A C.U.N.T.S S.U.X A.A.R.S.E F.A.R.T A.S.O.L C.R.A.P U.S.A.P.A.T.R.I.O.T F.A.R.C
    I’ve reorganized the list


  2. How do you do this Bones? Where do you get all these things from? Great post!!
    Well, there was an article in Foreign Policy about political acronyms and I got the idea from there…PIIGS is from there…


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