To be or not to bra . . .

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Comment -

THE LET­TERS “RH” on the anti-lit­ter bill­board do not con­sti­tute an acro­nym – as one of your re­porters wrote in the SATUR­DAY SUN on­line edi­tion of Oc­to­ber 7.

BARP, AIDS, NATO, NIFCA and CTUSAB are acronyms; CSME, BRSA, LGBT, NUPW and BSTU are ab­bre­vi­a­tions. DLP and BLP are not acronyms; BRA and VAT are.

Some­times acronyms can evoke mirth; even deri­sion. I al­ways thought it risky for Gov­ern­ment to re­name its tax col­lect­ing de­part­ment the Bar­ba­dos Rev­enue Author­ity.

If the ladies are un­com­fort­able with that acro­nym, they should ask Gov­ern­ment to re­name it. I had thought by now that cer­tain ca­lyp­so­ni­ans would’ve tried it on.

All acronyms are ab­bre­vi­a­tions; not all ab­bre­vi­a­tions are acronyms. – CARL MOORE

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