While many acronyms are just plain and forgettable, there are some acronyms that are just weird. Here are some examples:

ABITHADAnother Blithering Idiot Thinks He’s A Doctor (I saw this one on a medical journal.)

ACRONYMA Criminal Regiment ONasty Young Men (From Futurama.)

IMHOInevitably MHardware’s Obsolete (This is an IT slang.)

GHOSTGraffiti Habitual Offenders Suppression Team (A former group of undercover police under the LAPD who apprehends graffiti artists.)

LIELimited Information Estimation (Yup, it’s really a thing.)

POETSPiss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday (This is the British slang for TGIF. So, Friday is jokingly called the POETS day.)

SIMPLESimulation of Industrial Management Problems with Lots of Equations

SWAG: Scientific Wild-Ass Guest (Slang for an expert’s estimate.)

The following is one of the weirdest acronyms that I know. From the minds of Soviet Union bureaucrats (or scientists?), they came up with this monstrosity:


In Russian: Нииомтплабопармбетжелбетрабсбомонимонконотдтехстромонт

In English: The Laboratory for Shuttering, Reinforcement, Concrete and Ferroconcrete Operations for Composite-monolithic and Monolithic Constructions of the Department of Technology of Building Assembly Operations of the Scientific Research Institute of the Organization for Building Mechanization and Technical Aid of the Academy of Building and Architecture of the USSR

The English translation was provided by Barry Crowe in his Concise Dictionary of Soviet Terminology, Institutions and Abbreviations (1969).

The Guinness Book of World Records recognized this 56-letter acronym as the world’s longest acronym.

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