PIN Numbers

When I was a kid, I collected brand names that were also generics (I’m all that’s left of a very bizarre childhood).   Among my prizes were

  • Frisbee
  • Yoyo
  • Bandaid
  • Slinky
  • Scotch Tape
  • Xerox
  • Google

you get the idea

(Okay, we didn’t have the last one or I’d be a lot richer)

Yesterday,after passing a sign that said “ATM Machine,” my daughter and I started a small collections of acronym redundancies. Here’s our starter list, you are invited to add more


ATM Machine

PIN  Number

SALT Talks

SAT Test

SQL Language

CD Rom Disk (a variant)

GIF Format (and if you are over 40 that is pronounced with a soft g, but if you are under 40 or a designer, a hard g)

You are invited to contribute as you run across more.

And while you’re at it, let’s create a full list of the recursive acronyms, such as GNU, LAME, PHP… Those are fun too.

About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty has three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects and is the author of 2 dozen books and a couple dozen Pluralsight & LinkedIn Learning courses. He was a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP and a Microsoft MVP.
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