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By Graham King

ISBN-10: 0007400950

ISBN-13: 9780007400959

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    The Punjab, the Afghan border region, Kashmir, Sind and BaluchisTAN certainly do form a coincidental acronym, Pakistan, but it doesn’t really wash; Kashmir was never included in the country that was founded in 1947. To Muslims, Pakistan means ‘holy land’. SCROD is a fish on many restaurant menus, especially in the US. Know-alls have long insisted that it is not a species of fish but an acronym of Special Catch Received On Dock; that is, the miscellaneous haul of the day, whatever it is. In fact scrod is a young Atlantic cod or haddock and its name derives from the practice of splitting it upon landing ready for cooking (from the Dutch schrode, to strip).

    An intriguing myth surrounds the ENOLA GAY, the name of the aircraft that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6 August, 1945. It is supposedly a reverse acronym of You Are Going ALONE. The truth is that the bomber was named after Mrs Enola Gay Tibbets, the mother of the pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets. ”) with the traditional acceptance that the term derives from KAMP, the police abbreviation for Known As Male Prostitute. There is no evidence for this assumption so it must remain an acronymic myth, as must the notion that COP is an acronym of Constable On Patrol.

    You would have cause for alarm if you spotted Review SOS, but in fact SOS here is short for the Latin sid opus sit: if symptoms persist. On the other hand the letters DNR effectively disguise a truly grim reality: do not resuscitate. Other common abbreviations include VMI (very much improved) and NAD (nothing abnormal detected). ). ) and the ghoulish GPO (good for parts only); MFC (measure for coffin) and ECU (eternal care unit, ie, morgue). ’ DOD Department of Defense (US) DOE Department of the Environment DOM Deo Optimo Maximo: Latin for ‘God is best and greatest’, the motto of the Benedictine Order and seen on the labels of Benedictine liqueur; dirty old man DORA Defence of the Realm Act, enacted during World War 1 to enforce security restrictions dorm dormitory DOS disc (or disk) operating system, as in MS-DOS and PC-DOS doz dozen DP displaced person; data processing DPh Doctor of Philosophy DPM Deputy Prime Minister; Diploma of Psychological Medicine DPP Director of Public Prosecutions DPW Department of Public Works Dr doctor dr debit; debtor; drachm; drachma; drawn; drive D-RAM dynamic random access memory DSC Distinguished Service Cross DSc Doctor of Science DSM Distinguished Service Medal DSO Distinguished Service Order DSS Department of Social Security DST daylight saving time dstn destination DTI Department of Trade and Industry DTP desktop publishing DTs delirium tremens dub dubious dup duplicate Dur Durham DV Domestic Violence Division, Scotland Yard DVD digital video disc; DVD-Rom = recordable DVD DVLC Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre, Swansea DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine d/w dust wrapper; also d/j = dust jacket (books) D/W deadweight DWD driving while disqualified DWI Dutch West Indies dwt pennyweight (one twentieth of an ounce) DX Telecom symbol for long distance; deep six (to ‘deep six’ something is to bury it, literally or figuratively) dyb Do Your Best (Scout’s motto).

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