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Acronym heaven

I’ve written before about the phenomena of TLAs in consulting (three-letter acronyms – which is itself a TLA), but sometimes the acronyms go beyond three letters. They can range from widely used acronyms acronyms you can sort of pronounce “EBIAT” (Earnings Before Interest After Tax), and sometimes they’re client-specific acronyms which defy all attempts to decipher or pronounce. My client, in particular, is fond of its acronyms – about as fond as scientists (esp. those dastardly biologists who keep coming up with random names for random proteins) are.

No small wonder that I took an immediate liking to this gem from Jorge Chan’s PhD comics:


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