Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu May 22 15:17:09 UTC 2008

On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 11:06 AM, Scot LaFaive <slafaive at> wrote:
> I'm all for the spirit of letting others live as they feel they must,
> but wow, this seems an unnecessary mouthful. Or is it the wave of the
> future, a future full acronyms and coded initialisms? WMFGWWTSMDIHHO??

And couldn't they at least have come up with a pronounceable acronym?
>From the Wikipedia entry for LGBT:

"The magazine Anything That Moves coined the acronym FABGLITTER (from
Fetish, Allies, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Intersexed, Transgender,
Transsexual Engendering Revolution), although this term has not made
its way into common usage."

--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society -

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