Friday, February 16, 2007


Jeremy Clarkson's article in the InGear section of the Sunday Times on 11 February 2007 discussed how some Three Letter Acronyms take longer to say than the full versions. Given that communication can be critical to safety, these examples may be useful to illustrate scenarios.

www = 9 syllables whereas world wide web = 3

From the army

IED= Improvised explosive device = bomb
ACV = armoured combat vehicle = tank
ADW = air defence warning = siren

In business China becomes PRC

And Jeremy adds one that is probably libelous IFA = thief.

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