[Humanist] 22.709 the longest acronym?
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willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Apr 22 09:58:40 CEST 2009
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 709.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 09:48:19 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: the longest acronym
I have just run across a good candidate for the longest acronym having
anything to do with computing: "USCSRIIDDACWF" for the Universal Study
Center for the Salvage and Reorganization of Institutions in Imminent
Danger of Destruction Applying Computers Wherever Feasible.
Unfortunately for the joke-telling potential of this acronym, the
organization named is an imaginary one. It occurs at the beginning of an
article proposing the use of computers to further world peace: Louis
Fein, "A Proposal for a Scientific Computer-Oriented Project on World
Peace Research", Background 7.2 (August 1963): 97-108, available through
A contest could be held....
Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
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