Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Apr 8 05:06:36 UTC 2006

Agents' 'Acronyisms' Still Remain In Online Age
Real Estate Lingo Can Vary by Region
By Michele Derus
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Saturday, April 8, 2006; Page F32
Welcome to America's world of real estate marketing, where term limits prevail.
U, L and M stand for upper, lower and main -- the levels of a house.
BICC is built-in china cabinet, BIBC is built-in bookcase and FPLC is
"Acronyisms" is what Joan T. Seramur, president of Williams Realty in
Minocqua, Wis., calls them. Often shorter than simple acronyms, these
pithy snippets pepper "for sale" listings and advertising.

--Ben Zimmer

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