1994-05-17 - AOL for Acronym OverLoading

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From: tcmay@netcom.com (Timothy C. May)
To: SGT=DARREN=S.=HARLOW%ISB%MCTSSA@nwsfallbrook3.nwac.sea06.navy.mil
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UTC Datetime: 1994-05-17 01:46:01 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 16 May 94 18:46:01 PDT

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From: tcmay@netcom.com (Timothy C. May)
Date: Mon, 16 May 94 18:46:01 PDT
To: SGT=DARREN=S.=HARLOW%ISB%MCTSSA@nwsfallbrook3.nwac.sea06.navy.mil
Subject: AOL for Acronym OverLoading
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> 	Does anyone have a write-up on NES?  I believe that it is based on 
> DES, but I am not sure.  It is for a paper that I am writing up.
> Thanks!
> Sgt Darren Harlow - Computer Security

The NES has been pretty much replaced by S-NES, the Super-Nintendo
Entertainment System. Check it out in any toy store.

Oh, you meant something different? This exemplifies what I believe it
was Eric Hughes who called it "acronym overloading," or "TLA overlaoding." I
have thus dubbed this "AOL," standing for both America OnLine _and_
Acronym OverLoading, thus defining itself by example.

Other cases of AOL:

LCD -- Least Common Divisor, Liquid Crystal Display

CIA -- Culinary Institute of America, Central Intelligence Agency

DOE -- Department of Energy, Distributed Objects Everywhere (Sun)

..and probably dozens more

--Tim May

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