3rd May 2001, 10:47
Okay, Ladies & Gentlemen....

We have all been brought up in a world FULL of acronyms,abbreviations,puns,rhymes,filthy dirty jokes.....etc ;)

But JUST how many acronyms have you seen that have brought upon amazement and disbelief...acronyms that have left you using phrases similar to one used by the Mayor of Hiroshoma, after that big bastard of a bomb was dropped..." Ho..wot da f**k wos dat ????!!!" ;)

Okay...(in Austin Powers accent)..just to get things, ya know, moving....here are a few that I have found, not related to the aviation industry...(for a change !!!!!) :)

BMW : Bought My Wife
Brings Me Women ( :) )
Brings More Women
Broke My Wallet

CHEVROLET : Can Hear Every Valve Rap On Long
Extended Trips

DODGE : Dead On Day Guarantee Expires

FIAT : Failure in Italian Automotive

FORD : Fast Only Rolling Downhill

GM : Garbage Motors
Gluteus Maximus

HONDA : Hallmark Of Non-destructable

HYUNDAI : Hope You Understand Nothing's
Driveable And Inexpensive

PORSCHE : Proof Of Rich Spoiled Children
Having Everything

SAAB : Shape Appears Ass-Backwards

SUBARU : Screwed Up Beyond All Repair Usually

TOYOTA : Too Often Yankees Overprice This

VOLVO : Very Odd Looking Vehicular Object

The list goes on and on...and on....and on...

SHOOT !!!! Couldn't resist - here's a few aviation acronyms/abbreviations :

ALITALIA : Airplane Landed In Tokyo And
Luggage In Atlanta

BOAC : Better On A Camel

SAS : Sex After Service

TWA : That Was Awful

.....all in good jest, folks....ANY MORE ?
I'm sure there are PLENTY more out there....bring 'em on ! ;)

'There is some satisfaction, that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination you thought you'd never make...'

3rd May 2001, 11:39
Lots Of Money But A Right ********

Dual Income, No Kids Yet

Fast Action Response Team

Tactical Weapons And Training

3rd May 2001, 11:44

DINKY's grow up to become SITKOM's - Single Income, Two Kids, Oppressive Mortgage - and life isn't quite as fun http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/frown.gif

Oh well, I guess they'll both grow up, and the boy likes aeroplanes already... :)

3rd May 2001, 11:44
House called COBWEBS...

Currently Owned By Woolwich Equitable Building Society.

I liked that! :)

3rd May 2001, 11:47

"I USED to be a PPRuNaholic, but now I'm CURED"

Drop and Stop
3rd May 2001, 12:27
My favourite...

TLA: Three Letter Acronym

3rd May 2001, 12:28
FIAT - Fix It Again Tony

rgds Rat

3rd May 2001, 12:32

Let Us F*ck The Hosties And Not Say Anything.

Send Clowns
3rd May 2001, 12:33
I've Been Mugged
It's Better Manually

'Me here at last on the ground, you in mid air'

3rd May 2001, 13:14
I thought SAS stood for that elite group -Straight Air Steward. As hard to become a member as the real thing?

ETOPS - Engines Turning Or Passengers Swimming (so a BA Captain told me).

TSG - (Met. Police branch) - Thick and Stupid Group.

Not an acronym, but have you ever noticed what your £1.50 or so bottle of Evian water spells backwards?

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3rd May 2001, 14:01
Another one for FORD,
Fix Or Repair Daily

sprocket: .. No standards? Nooo problems!

Biggles Flies Undone
3rd May 2001, 14:15
We’re lucky having the PAL system for colour television in England. A friend in the U.S. told me that their system - NTSC Television - stands for Never The Same Colour Twice :)

Feeton Terrafirma
3rd May 2001, 15:34
Farked On Race Day
Found On Rubbish Dump

Does my bias show?

Flood Control Victim

3rd May 2001, 18:01

Wife Away No Kids Eat Rubbish :)

3rd May 2001, 18:07
PAL = pale and lurid

Tail Heavy
3rd May 2001, 18:36


3rd May 2001, 21:39

Lots of trouble - usually serious

Pessimism : Don't try it, it'll never work

Ed Winchester
4th May 2001, 03:33
Two of the old favourites:

SNAFU - Situation Normal, All Farked Up

REMF - Rear Echelon Mother Ferker

4th May 2001, 04:22
After SNAFU comes FUBB (F*cked Up Beyond Belief) and FUBAR (F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition)

And LOMBARDs become BOBOs - Burnt Out But Opulent

4th May 2001, 05:45
How about the over-60s tour operator...
SAGA - Send A Granny Abroad

Arm out the window
4th May 2001, 07:48
WOFTAM: Waste of F***ing Time and Money

DINKY-DI: Double Income, No Kids, Dog Instead

4th May 2001, 12:55
Two kinds of Boeing, the

FLUF and of course the BUFF

4th May 2001, 13:19
FINE - [email protected] up
Neurotic and

4th May 2001, 13:56
See you next Tuesday....think about it

Hersham Boy
4th May 2001, 14:03
I thought Alitalia was "Always Late In Take-off... Always Late In Arriving"?

Try CNN - Cartoon News Network

The Cat (5) in the Hat
4th May 2001, 16:07
RAF - the morning after (rough as Fcuk)

or DAF DOdgy as...

4th May 2001, 21:06

All Day I Desire A Shag..or

After Dinner I Did A ****

('cos I didn't get a shag !)

'Beware the light at the end of the tunnel, for it may be an oncoming train'.

4th May 2001, 21:48
My version of Lufthansa is:

Let us f**k the hostesses as no stewards available.

TWA= Try Walking Across

PIA Please Inform Allah

BEA (showing my age) = 1 Bastards Eventually Arrive

2 Better Eat Afterwards

3 Back Every Afternoon.

MRCA= Must Rebuild the Canberra Again

5th May 2001, 01:21
My current favourite:-


The Airway Formerly Known As Bravo One

I've actually received a crossing clearance for TAFKABO!

Breeding Per Dementia Unto Something Jolly Big, Toodle-pip

Doctor Cruces
5th May 2001, 02:00
SABENA:- Such A Bl**dy Experience, Never Again

BEA:- Britains Excuse for Airline

TWA:- Teeny Weeny Airways

Doc C.

5th May 2001, 02:08

the Army Air Corps used to give out stickers that read:

"You are being flown by Teeny Weeny Airways Taxi Service".

6th May 2001, 01:48
ATP = Aerospace Taking the P*ss

I remember hearing of one airline when they introduced the Scarebus having a rumour file called Specially Heard Insider Talk.

Radar Departure2
6th May 2001, 02:39
Huggy, the way I originally heard the list, after SNAFU was:

TARFU: Things are really f*cked up
FUBAR: F*cked up beyond all recognition
SAPFU: Surpasses all previous f*ckups :)


6th May 2001, 02:51
BOAC - Better On A Camel
BCAL - Bloody Cally Always Late
US-Air - Unfortunately Still Allegheny In Reality
IBM - Inshallah Bookerah Mumkin (IBM Mid-East)
GWR - God's Wonderful Railway (for those old enough to remember the two at the top of this post :) )

6th May 2001, 04:36
Did anyone ever write NORWICH (a town in England) on the back of love letters when they were young. "Nickers(sic) Off Ready When I Come Home"


SH Monkey
6th May 2001, 23:02
A visit to Norwich will never seem the same again!


6th May 2001, 23:08
Here is a Super TLA for you...


Not My Problem, Your Problem, Sort It Out.

Does anybody remember what SPECTRE, from James Bond stand for.

Whoa there bigfella, whoa!

big pistons forever
7th May 2001, 03:55
DILDO = Dual Income Little Dog Owners :)

7th May 2001, 15:37
Here`s a couple:-
BOHIC - Bend Over, Here It Comes (usually used around the time of contract/salary negotiations or just before the implementation of another great management idea)
The record company EMI was once christened Every Mistake Imaginable by one of its artists. This will probably give people lots of scope for ideas for what BMI really stands for...

8th May 2001, 03:54

Don't Ask Me Im Switched Of Mate


No Ambition F**kall Interest

8th May 2001, 06:35

Don't Ask Me I'm Switched Off Mate


No Ambition And F***all Interest

8th May 2001, 07:16
There was a huge list of airline ones circulating a while back, but I can only remember two:

USAir- Underwater Seats Available In Rear
ANSETT- Aircraft Nosewheel Stuck, Expect Tricky Touchdown


8th May 2001, 19:59
FORD: Found On Road Dead
Facked On Race Day

PONTIAC: Poor Old N*ger Thinks It's A Cadilac
(No offense, not my opinion, just passing it on)

ADIDAS: All Day I Dream Abolut Sex

S.F.A.: Sweet Fack All
ex: what are you doing? S.F.A.

BUMF: Big Ugly Mother Facker

UL: Usually Late

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9th May 2001, 05:58
IBM - Inferior But Marketable

Windy Militant
9th May 2001, 16:20
This Must! be the most used acronym world wide.
F- For.
U- Unlawful.
C- Carnal.
K- Knowledge.

9th May 2001, 16:48
QANTAS - Queer And Nasty Typical Australian Service

BA - Bloody Awful

TWA - Teeny Weeny Airlines

CAAC - China Airlines Always Crash

Sure there are a load more that I can't think of.

9th May 2001, 18:07
Small Helicopter Action Group

(this one really does exist!)

10th May 2001, 22:01
Singapore Airlines = SIA

Sex In the Air!

Mac the Knife
10th May 2001, 23:20
CRAFT Syndrome - Can't Remember A Ferking Thing....

One of my old instructors occasionally wrote "WOCWOOS" in the patient's notes.

Words Of Comfort, Work Out Own Salvation...

I'm told that in Blairite Britain you now get struck off the register for that sort of thing. Alternative is to attend compulsory PC classes for 3 months and listen to some pissant little social worker bitch lecturing you on your sins.

Mr moto
11th May 2001, 01:20
TWA became Try Walking Across after the 800 incident.

PIA= Perhaps it arrives.

Teenyweeny ATC Cdt Cpl
11th May 2001, 15:29
One from Bosnia:
the Chinook United Nations Transport Service...
(seen the T-Shirt!)

12th May 2001, 08:16
Surprised nobody got SABENA.
Such a bloody experience, never again.

Nil nos tremefacit
12th May 2001, 10:50
Couple of Central American Airlines:

SAHSA - Stay At Home Stay Alive
TACA - Take A [email protected] Anywhere (sorry not-PC)

Computer/business ones:

GIGO - Garbage In Garbage Out
WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get

RAF Cranwell

I'm in
Department of

..more to follow. :)

Send Clowns
12th May 2001, 13:43

You asked some time back for the meaning of 'SPECTRE'. Couldn't remember all at the time, but it was 'Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion'.

'Me here at last on the ground, you in mid air'

12th May 2001, 16:44
for all the Oz peeple.
REPCO (car parts supplier) - Rip Every Poor Carnt Off. http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/eek.gif

for the flyboyz.

NAIPS. - Never Actually Intended (to) Provide (a) Service. :)

13th May 2001, 10:44
Saw this latest one on a ground power cart....( I won't mention where though...lol)

GPU - Go Pull Urself ( !!!!!! )

I can only imagine what sort of legal implications this would have and the media coverage it would receive after someone accidentally shoves the sparky end in the wrong 'hole'.....bzzzzzztttt...*sparks and screaming* ;)

'There is some satisfaction, that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination you thought you'd never make...'

Up & Away
13th May 2001, 11:09
SABENA was "Sex And Booze Every Night Away"

Nil nos tremefacit
13th May 2001, 16:56
Clearly the Belgian equivalent of C4 isn't up to speed yet! http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/tongue.gif

13th May 2001, 17:53
WIFE = Was, Iron, Fu*k, ETC

Vapour Trail
13th May 2001, 19:36
I thought the origin of f*ck was:
F - Fornication
U - Under
C - Consent (of)
K - King

FIGJAM - F*uck I'm Good, Just Ask Me

Eat My Vapour Trail

Back Course Bandit
14th May 2001, 12:02
When referring to one of the flightie's at work.

COAT - C*nt Of A Thing

A real mega-bitch.


15th May 2001, 10:55
I think we all know a chap called "fig jam".
(F*ck I'm good, just ask me...")

15th May 2001, 11:02
Alitalia - Always late In take-off Always Late In Arrival

El Al - Every Landing Always Late

AA - Always Awful

15th May 2001, 13:11
FIGJAMA - F*#K I'm good, just ask me again.

QANTAS - Queer And Nasty, Try Another Service

EROPS - Engines Running Or Passengers Swimming

DINKY - Dual Income No Kids Yet!

WIFE - Washing, Ironing, Food & Entertainment

:) :) :) :) :) :) :)

The Fokker's chocka ocker
16th May 2001, 05:02
However i always felt more comfortable as a
Caring Understanding Nineties Type!

No longer current of course.

solly ocker she's chocka

16th May 2001, 08:56
BWIA, Britains Worst Investment Abroad.

The well known Len Deighton novel about the
Instant Process Cold Rolled Extra Strength Steel File.

Evening Star
22nd May 2001, 01:05
Back in my days as a lecturer, I was at Newcastle Polytechnic when it was changing to a university. Well, as there is already a University of Newcastle the first idea was for us to become the ‘City University, Newcastle upon Tyne’ - absolutely brilliant acronym. Popular rumour has that nobody in the directorate worked out the acronym and did not realise the mistake until delivery of stationery samples. I recall the official announcement in the Staff Newsletter made some vague reference to an objection by another City University, so instead we became University of Northumbria. This “objection” fooled nobody, so those of us who had invented some great slogans for the more risqué name (would I do such a thing? Moi? OK guv, it’s a fair cop, bang t'rights) had a brief flurry of vague innuendo in the letters column of the Staff Newsletter before the strait-laced editors cottoned on and put a halt to proceedings.

22nd May 2001, 01:36
D.H.L. :
Drop it, Hide it, Lose it !.

2 and 70
22nd May 2001, 02:50
Monarch - More Ordinary, Nasty And Really Cheap Holidays

JMC - Just More Crap, Just Murdered Caledonian

Fiat - Fix It Again Tomorrow

Ford - Fix Or Repair Daily

DILLIGAS - Does It Look Like I Give A *****?

22nd May 2001, 03:26
AIR INDIA - After I Return, I Never Do It Again (best done in mock Indian accent while rolling head and eyes).

PIA - Park It Anywhere

22nd May 2001, 03:51
A former General Manager of a busy Airport/Heliport ATC unit was known as..

Enroute and

:) :) :) :) :) :)

lone eagle
22nd May 2001, 21:37
B.O.A.C (for those who can remember) Better. on. a. camel. :)

24th May 2001, 17:27
Another one that just came to mind - passed onto me by a very respected lecturer several years ago, which is a motto I use with EVERYTHING in general :


Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance

..or another classic
KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid

'There is some satisfaction, that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination you thought you'd never make...'

Evening Star
25th May 2001, 00:05
And when the computer system crashes it is time for BOTTOMS - Back On To The Old Manual System.

25th May 2001, 20:16
Sensative New Age Guy = SNAG

Caring Understanding Nineties Type = ?

25th May 2001, 23:28
Gee I'm suprised no one here mentioned AIDS.

As you know AIDS is not limited to just gay people anymore, it hits just about anyone with equal ferocity.

While I'm too young to have experienced it, I'm sure you old timers have more than once :)

Aviation Induced Divorce Syndrome


Nil nos tremefacit
26th May 2001, 12:37
On ASI we had Sqn Ldr Air Transport, got fed up with being called SLATs (kick in etc.), renamed Senior Controller Air Bridges.

SNOG was Senior Naval Officer Gutersloh (the RN exchange guy on 230 liked to be called this).

26th May 2001, 19:37
We had a guy at Westland who's title was Advanced Rotor Systems Engineer. And a planner I knew called Ricardo Sole ( cant do the accent sorry ) , he couldnt work out why people laughed when they saw his name R Sole !!! . Sometimes it sounds like we are talking gibberish to the un initiated ,AEC are AOG for an ECU for their 155. My favorite indicator on the challenger was the *** indicator.