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2018-06-09 01:08:56 PM  
So if you work at Double Fisting Grannies Inc. do they block NPR, CNN, WaPo, etc due to objectionable content?
 
2018-06-09 01:27:30 PM  

markie_farkie: So if you work at Double Fisting Grannies Inc. do they block NPR, CNN, WaPo, etc due to objectionable content?


Does it even matter when your whole day is spent elbow-deep in GILFs?

/I just hope everyone gets their own keyboard, ffs
 
2018-06-09 03:07:28 PM  

BumpInTheNight: markie_farkie: So if you work at Double Fisting Grannies Inc. do they block NPR, CNN, WaPo, etc due to objectionable content?

Does it even matter when your whole day is spent elbow-deep in GILFs?

/I just hope everyone gets their own keyboard, ffs


If it's anything like the grilled cheese sandwich factory I used to work at, all the keyboards have those clear plastic protectors on them.
 
2018-06-09 03:58:38 PM  
They got one wrong, NSFL = Not Safe For Lunch
meaning it will bring your lunch back up.
 
2018-06-09 04:08:08 PM  
Well, duh, we all know I have the final say on acronyms.
 
2018-06-09 04:09:41 PM  
Why did that site need access to my photos and mic?
 
2018-06-09 04:09:57 PM  
Not much of an exploration of the history of the acronym. When is the first documented use of the term?
 
2018-06-09 04:13:09 PM  

LesserEvil: Not much of an exploration of the history of the acronym. When is the first documented use of the term?


AWOL
 
2018-06-09 04:32:29 PM  

LesserEvil: Not much of an exploration of the history of the acronym. When is the first documented use of the term?


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2018-06-09 04:36:20 PM  

secondpsych: LesserEvil: Not much of an exploration of the history of the acronym. When is the first documented use of the term?

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That's a lower case "t" and it means "time to leave".

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2018-06-09 04:40:07 PM  

secondpsych: LesserEvil: Not much of an exploration of the history of the acronym. When is the first documented use of the term?

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"BRB LOL"
 
2018-06-09 04:41:00 PM  

Cagey B: BumpInTheNight: markie_farkie: So if you work at Double Fisting Grannies Inc. do they block NPR, CNN, WaPo, etc due to objectionable content?

Does it even matter when your whole day is spent elbow-deep in GILFs?

/I just hope everyone gets their own keyboard, ffs

If it's anything like the grilled cheese sandwich factory I used to work at, all the keyboards have those clear plastic protectors on them.


Sounds like they have a similar problem set, perhaps they should join forces.  You know, combine their work spaces so they can merge their common infrastructure.  Why I bet if you looked hard enough you'd find their day to day operations aren't much different from one another.
 
2018-06-09 04:56:39 PM  

Cagey B: secondpsych: LesserEvil: Not much of an exploration of the history of the acronym. When is the first documented use of the term?

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"BRB LOL"


Acronyms didn't become a common method of word formation in English until World War II. The word acronym itself wasn't coined until 1943. The lack of a need for such a word suggests the degree to which acronyms previously were not a part of daily life. Their use accelerated with the U.S. space program and the Cold War, and by the time a "Dictionary of Acronyms, Initialisms and Abbreviations" was published in 1960 it had 12,000 entries.

AWOL was used by the US Military in 1919 as is one of the first American acronyms.

OMG was used by Churchill in 1917.

SCOTUS was used in the late 1800s, but is attributed to initialism and not acronymism.

Just in case that AWOL only post above wasn't clear.
 
2018-06-09 05:40:28 PM  

stuff: They got one wrong, NSFL = Not Safe For Lunch
meaning it will bring your lunch back up.


i.e anything posted by Gorgor
 
2018-06-09 06:52:01 PM  
Bring back FOOBIES!

/or not
//I'll get over it
///eventually
 
2018-06-09 07:16:21 PM  
Of all the acronyms that I need explained to me they choose the one that least needs to be explained.
 
2018-06-09 07:41:49 PM  
I'm still not sure I fully understand, despite reading the article. Perhaps some industrious farkers can post some NSFW links for clarification?
 
2018-06-09 07:56:47 PM  

hashtag.acronym: Cagey B: secondpsych: LesserEvil: Not much of an exploration of the history of the acronym. When is the first documented use of the term?

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"BRB LOL"

Acronyms didn't become a common method of word formation in English until World War II. The word acronym itself wasn't coined until 1943. The lack of a need for such a word suggests the degree to which acronyms previously were not a part of daily life. Their use accelerated with the U.S. space program and the Cold War, and by the time a "Dictionary of Acronyms, Initialisms and Abbreviations" was published in 1960 it had 12,000 entries.

AWOL was used by the US Military in 1919 as is one of the first American acronyms.

OMG was used by Churchill in 1917.

SCOTUS was used in the late 1800s, but is attributed to initialism and not acronymism.

Just in case that AWOL only post above wasn't clear.


If you check old telegram textbooks, such as the Telegram Instructor by George M Dodge, I think you'll find from 1901, acronyms like COD, were already in documented use. Oddly enough it is modern communication that make abbreviations and acronyms essential. Reading old telegrams is not unlike text speak. Minimizing character count minimized time to send and therefore cost per message.

AWOL and OMG weren't first.
 
2018-06-09 09:10:55 PM  
TLDR
 
2018-06-09 10:10:20 PM  
Has anyone pointed out that NSFW is not an acronym yet?
 
2018-06-09 10:13:28 PM  
I always thought "NSFL" meant Not Safe For Lunch, as in don't eat and watch this at the same time. I have no idea where I came up with that idea.
 
2018-06-09 10:15:59 PM  
Did they interview Gorgor?
 
2018-06-09 10:24:33 PM  
ow do UFIA and/or PMITA
 
2018-06-09 10:24:55 PM  
mcreel: Now do UFIA and/or PMITA
 
2018-06-09 10:56:00 PM  
Word space would have been better used for something along the lines of:

NSFW - Not safe for work
OMG - oh my god
So on and so forth. . .

Yeah Gorgor was here and productive when I first started lurking and, well, I don't know what was broken in them but something was.
 
2018-06-09 11:13:00 PM  
On somethingawful it was NWS, which saves one byte.
 
2018-06-09 11:54:33 PM  
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2018-06-10 12:23:04 AM  
HTH. HAND.
 
2018-06-10 02:18:03 AM  
Prior art from Snopes may have killed it anyway, with their use of "not safe for British school kids" (NSFBSK) acronym way back in the day..
 
2018-06-10 07:30:32 AM  

Mr. Lepage: Has anyone pointed out that NSFW is not an acronym yet?


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2018-06-10 09:16:42 AM  

Sugarbombs: Why did that site need access to my photos and mic?


It didn't want mine. Is my phone too tame? I have nudes I swear!
 
2018-06-10 09:21:15 AM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: I always thought "NSFL" meant Not Safe For Lunch, as in don't eat and watch this at the same time. I have no idea where I came up with that idea.


I don't know about the rest of the Internet but back in the mists of time some Farkers labelled links as 'NSF lunch' before the letters were recognisable on their own.
 
2018-06-10 12:46:22 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Mitt Romneys Tax Return: I always thought "NSFL" meant Not Safe For Lunch, as in don't eat and watch this at the same time. I have no idea where I came up with that idea.

I don't know about the rest of the Internet but back in the mists of time some Farkers labelled links as 'NSF lunch' before the letters were recognisable on their own.


Maybe that's where I got it from. I lurked here for a decade before I registered in 2012.
 
2018-06-10 03:03:01 PM  
Sounds like a case for the OWCA.

/Organization Without Cool Acronym
 
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