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Penguin Guy
May 9th, 2010, 09:30 PM
For those that don't know, recursive acronyms are like 'GNU' : 'GNU is Not Unix' and 'JACK' : 'JACK Audio Connection Kit'.

RiceMonster
May 9th, 2010, 09:53 PM
Yeah, I think they're pretty cool.

Random_Dude
May 9th, 2010, 09:55 PM
Well yes I do.

The votes are pretty tight...

nothingspecial
May 9th, 2010, 10:04 PM
I don`t like them or dislike them.

They exist.

It`s a bit like A flat. I don`t care about it in itself. But when composers/musicians use it in a piece of music then it can be beautiful.

But only in context,

A flat is not beautiful.

But it can be.

If used in the right place.

If you see what I mean :)

NMFTM
May 9th, 2010, 10:10 PM
Are there any non-open source software projects that uses recursive acronyms.

ratcheer
May 9th, 2010, 10:15 PM
Yes, I like them. They are too cute by half.

Tim

lykwydchykyn
May 9th, 2010, 10:18 PM
I do not like them, because for an acronym to recurse it requires the first letter to be arbitrary and thus meaningless.

I want meaning in things.

I guess it is theoretically possible to have a recursive acronym where the recursion wasn't the first letter, and thus no letter would be arbitrary. I would like this.

For instance, I could name a program TMAPIT, which stands for:
The Most Awesome Program Is TMAPIT

nothingspecial
May 9th, 2010, 10:27 PM
I do not like them, because for an acronym to recurse it requires the first letter to be arbitrary and thus meaningless.

The first letter is not meaningless because the acronym is a whole


I want meaning in things.

I guess it is theoretically possible to have a recursive acronym where the recursion wasn't the first letter, and thus no letter would be arbitrary. I would like this.

For instance, I could name a program TMAPIT, which stands for:
The Most Awesome Program Is TMAPIT

I like what you did there.

Ebere
May 9th, 2010, 11:05 PM
do you like recursive acronyms?

wad !

alket
May 9th, 2010, 11:16 PM
No, because I always want to know what G stands to GNU and J to JACK etc.

Madspyman
May 9th, 2010, 11:17 PM
I do not like them, because for an acronym to recurse it requires the first letter to be arbitrary and thus meaningless.

I want meaning in things.


Madspyman agrees definitely stop proposing your meaningless acronym names.

saulgoode
May 9th, 2010, 11:28 PM
I guess it is theoretically possible to have a recursive acronym where the recursion wasn't the first letter, and thus no letter would be arbitrary. I would like this.

Like this? (http://www.flashingtwelve.brickfilms.com/Website/)

Crunchy the Headcrab
May 10th, 2010, 12:54 AM
No I don't like them. To me they are quite the opposite of clever.

chaman1
May 10th, 2010, 02:33 AM
As a lifeguard, I find acronyms very useful. ABCs, RED, RICE, SAMPLE, are acronyms that help us remember the First Aid procedures quite well :)

amauk
May 10th, 2010, 02:41 AM
Hurd

*expanded*

Hird of Unix-replacing daemons

*expanded*

Hurd of interfaces representing depth of Unix-replacing daemons

Madspyman
May 10th, 2010, 02:52 AM
Hurd

*expanded*

Hird of Unix-replacing daemons

*expanded*

Hurd of interfaces representing depth of Unix-replacing daemons

*expanded*

Hird of Unix-replacing daemons of interfaces representing depth of Unix-replacing daemons

*expanded*

Hurd of interfaces representing depth of Unix-replacing daemons of Unix-replacing daemons of interfaces representing depth of Unix-replacing daemons

This could go on forever.

baddog144
May 10th, 2010, 03:26 AM
Meh. I guess they're ok. I guess. Maybe. Whatever.

Mr. Fence-sitter. That's me.

lykwydchykyn
May 10th, 2010, 03:39 AM
Like this? (http://www.flashingtwelve.brickfilms.com/Website/)

Yes, that one's nice, though it took me a minute to figure out if it was legitimate. Which is good. If it requires thought, it must be good.

duanedesign
May 10th, 2010, 04:09 AM
Are there any non-open source software projects that uses recursive acronyms.

Recursive acronyms are not limited to computing terminology. For example:

* TIARA — TIARA is a recursive acronym

Some organizations have been named or renamed in this way:

* BWIA — BWIA West Indies Airways (formerly British West Indian Airways)
* GES — GES Exposition Services (formerly Greyhound Exposition Services)
* LINK — Link Interchange NetworK, the UK ATM switching organisation.
* Saab — Saab Automobile Aktiebolaget, formerly part of Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, also known as Saab.
* VISA — Visa International Service Association
* ADAP — ADAP Discount Auto Parts
* Heil — Heil Environmental Industries Limited, maker of garbage trucks
* KLuB — Klub Linux Bandung (Linux Club of Bandung city)
* RAS - RAS Acronym Syndrome, the recursive version of RAS syndrome; in which the last letter is repeated as its own word.
* OIL — Oil India Limited

*source - wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recursive_acronym)

lykwydchykyn
May 10th, 2010, 05:20 AM
* BWIA BWIA West Indies Airways (formerly British West Indian Airways)\

Ooooh... a recursive backronym!