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April 29, 1994

ACADEMIE FRANCAISE WADE INTO ACRONYMS

By CBR Staff Writer

A moratorium on acronyms has been long overdue, and it’s time for a Dracononian French-style measure akin to the Academie Francaise, popularly known as the Comedie Francaise, which sonorously proclaims which words are acceptable in French and which are not, with the force of law behind it in the battle to keep the Franglais hordes at bay: it has reached the point where we need an Acronym Inquisition before which proposers of new acronyms would have to appear to plead their case and convince the stern panel that their new acronym would be instantly recognisable to all and could not conceivably confuse… trigger of this outburst is Motorola Inc, which is trying to get established a Cellular Digital Messaging Protocol and wants to call it CDMP when to everyone in the cellular world, the letters CD instantly conjure up Code Division, and with an M after them, Code Division Multiple, at which point, the next letter should be A for Access, so CDMP promises to induce only Code Division Multiple Puzzlement.

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