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Saturday, February 23, 2008
Recursive Acronyms -vwv

Singapore is full of acronyms but somehow none of those that I have seen is recursive. The first recursive acronym I came across is from a Dilbert comic strip many years ago. In it, Dilbert referred to something called the TTP project, which stands for "The TTP Project".

After reading through the Wikipedia entry on the topic, I discovered that there are even things such as mutually recursive acronyms. For example the GNU Hurd project where Hurd stands for "Hird of Unix-Replacing Daemons" and Hird stands for "Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth".

In fact, if we extend this further, one could have as many layers of recursion as one wants. For example, here's a three-layered group of recursive acronyms that I created.
TMA - TRIA Meaningless Acronym
ATWAT - Acronym That Wraps A TMA
TRIA - Three-layered Recursion Including ATWAT

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