So here are my top five worst ever acronyms
From this paper in Nature Methods, the technique itself looks very interesting, being able to generate highly accurate OTU sequences from amplicon reads. However, it’s very clear that the authors, editors and reviewers were not English – for the unenlightened, look here, and clearly I don’t need to tell you what “up” means in this context.
2) That copper nanotube paper
I missed this first time round, but it entered into internet folklore in 2007. Some unfortunate scientists accidentally dropped the C-bomb right in the middle of figure 2 and throughout the paper. To add insult to injury, they also used the unfortunate term “BiNT”
Continuing on the theme of referring to lower-body parts, this team in Birmingham, UK, describe the use of RUMPS, a system for rules-based administration and prescription of drugs within hospitals. Apparently, it stands for “Renal Unit Management Protocol System”. Alternatives included “Drugs Administered by Robots Now (DARN)”, “Cool Robots Administer Prescriptions (CRAP)” and “For Administration of Renal Tests (FART)” *
* these may not be true
No, this term does not refer to what men over 70 need to wear when they sneeze, rather it refers to Man-portable air-defense systems, which is a fancy way of referring to the weapons the infantry use to shoot down enemy aircraft. I’m pretty sure if any army threatened to attack the enemy with “manpads”, there would be a swift surrender!
Anyone and everyone who ever used Microsoft Windows CE immediately adopted the shortened version of the name (WinCE) as it so aptly described the correct reaction when trying to get your device to do anything useful!
I am sure there are far more out there, so please add them in the comments!