File /Humanist.vol22.txt, message 693

From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 07:58:40 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [Humanist]  22.709 the longest acronym?

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 709.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 09:48:19 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: the longest acronym

I have just run across a good candidate for the longest acronym having 
anything to do with computing: "USCSRIIDDACWF" for the Universal Study 
Center for the Salvage and Reorganization of Institutions in Imminent 
Danger of Destruction Applying Computers Wherever Feasible. 
Unfortunately for the joke-telling potential of this acronym, the 
organization named is an imaginary one. It occurs at the beginning of an 
article proposing the use of computers to further world peace: Louis 
Fein, "A Proposal for a Scientific Computer-Oriented Project on World 
Peace Research", Background 7.2 (August 1963): 97-108, available through 

A contest could be held....

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London,;
Editor, Humanist,;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews,

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