Am I the only one that gets irritated by the use of uneccessary words after acronyms? How many times are you asked in shops to key in your PIN (personal identification number) number. Perhaps it's because I used to work in a bank that this causes me angst. Now I'm in the IT business we have FAT (factory acceptance tests) tests or UAT tests.
Also I'm undecided about what ITN stands for. Their presenters often refer to Independent Television News. If so, why do they also refer to ITN News? Even their website is unclear. If it stands for Independent Television Network, I'll let them off.
Nice one it_girl. Although these are all proper acronyms - well, sort of.
Is there a name for this unnecessary (sorry about previous spelling) use of words? Tautology, maybe? Or battology, perhaps? Reminds me of a more astute bit of graffiti I once saw: Battology, Battology, Battology.
TLA = three letter acronyms. Here is an example of what you might see in a patient's notes:
Mr X Px w a Hx of DNV, raised ToC, and in A&E had sBP 65 HR 120. Prior Hx of LUTS assoc with BPH. PMHx MI, CRF. Resus w IVI & then to ITU, where Rx w ABx, NA, DA and later CVVH for BE -18, pH 6.95. His progress continues.
I'll be happy to provide a translation should anyone wish.
I must admit my favourite TLA is for an intracellular enzyme which was clearly named by a bored cellular biochemist. It's called JAK and stands for Just Another Kinase.