Thursday, April 28, 2005


I despise acronyms. They are bearable if fashioned into an actual word, but if not, they are simply inhuman.

I came across the acronym NDBF today, and upon finding out what it stood for, I was amused someone would bother to make it into an acronym. Can you guess what it stands for?

(Hint: The context is Mormon, but if you come up with something funny that has nothing to do with Mormonism, please share anyway. If you recognize where I got this, don't give it away!)


So I'm guessing it isn't  the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance?

Comment by Clark | 4/28/2005 08:33:00 PM  

Clark's been Googling ! No, that wasn't it. But Clark is one who might well know, based on recent exchanges I've seen him participate in.
Comment by Christian Y. Cardall | 4/28/2005 08:58:00 PM  

Not dead but free?

Near death but friends?

Not Deseret Books friendly?

A hint? 
Comment by Clark | 4/29/2005 01:01:00 AM  

Not to rain on anyone's parade, but unless you pronounce that nudbuff, it's not an acronym... it's an initialism. SONAR, SCUBA, RADAR, NATO, UNESCO, these are all acronyms, as they are pronounced as words and not just strings of letters. In fact, my favorite "acronym" isn't even one: TLA (Three-Letter Acronym) — unless you pronounce it "tuhluh". Which I don't.

Anyway, there you go.

If "initialism" is just too much to bear, you could just call it an abbreviation, which is the more-inclusive category name.

: ) 
Comment by Silus Grok | 4/29/2005 01:17:00 AM  

Clark:  We were subtly exposed to this in the context of a debate about a debate. (Further hints will follow as desired.)

Silus: Consultation with the dictionary shows you'right (sort of, the self-referential limitations of language are exposed). The primary definition for acronym  does indeed call for a "word," but the secondary definition describes an initialism and then cross-references the definition of initialism. The definition of initialism, in turn, describes it as a special kind of "acronym."

Thanks for the knowledge. It does appear my wrath has been partially misdirected lo these many years.
Comment by Christian Y. Cardall | 4/29/2005 06:33:00 AM  

No Duh, Brain Fart

(That would be apropos to debates about debates, wouldn't it?)  
Comment by Rosalynde | 4/29/2005 10:08:00 AM  

It must be the name of a new LDS MLM business. Nauvoo Distributors By Fellowship.

Also it could be a fraternity/sorority/BYU club: Nothing Doing? Buy Friendship.

Comment by Mike Wilson | 4/29/2005 10:34:00 AM  

Rosalynde, so refreshing to know a female comfortable with the word "fart"! In confronting this word (or its concrete realization), so many females tend to make a mountain out of a molehill (or in other words, mistake a fart for a thunderclap!).

Mike, what is MLM?

Another hint: Mike was also exposed to this, in addition to Clark. The (hidden) reference appeared on the Mormon Evolution  blog in recent days.
Comment by Christian Y. Cardall | 4/29/2005 12:30:00 PM  

Multi-level marketing. I am unfortunate to have three family members in the businesses.

Comment by Mike Wilson | 4/29/2005 12:41:00 PM  

Non-doctrinal belief factoid? 
Comment by Last Lemming | 4/29/2005 12:46:00 PM  

Good guess, Last Lemming.

It is something that comes up in discussions related to evolution. The acronym (sorry, initialism ) appeared in link someone put up on the evolution blog I mentioned.
Comment by Christian Y. Cardall | 4/29/2005 03:50:00 PM  

No death before (the) fall 
Comment by Justin | 4/29/2005 05:24:00 PM  



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