Chris Croft's Personal Blog

November 25, 2010

Abbreviations that repeat

Filed under: Lists — chriscroft @ 7:06 pm

Mr Pedant of Parkstone doesn’t like….

RAM memory, which is redundant because RAM (random-access memory) includes the initial of the word memory.
PIN stands for personal identification number, obviating the second word in PIN number.
ATM machine (automated teller machine machine),
DC comics (detective comics comics),
HIV virus (human immunodeficiency virus virus),
SAT test (Scholastic Achievement/Aptitude/Assessment Test test)
And do you remember VDU Units? Visual Display Unit units…



  1. I hate tautology and each of your examples made me bristle!!!

    Comment by Bernie Mayall — November 25, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

  2. In P&G we have “TDC cost” and “RPM materials”.

    Comment by Martin Herrington — November 26, 2010 @ 2:51 am

  3. how about the new Search engine BING?

    it stands for Bing Is Not Google!

    Comment by david — November 29, 2010 @ 8:54 am

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