ASAP, AFK and sonar walk in to a bar. The bartender says, “As Soon As Possible… Away From Keyboard… who’s your friend?” If you don’t understand this “joke,” don’t worry; you will before the end of the show. This week Ben and Norah discuss the difference between acronyms, anacronyms, and initialisms. Other topics include: a recent TikTok trend, commonly used acronyms, a comedy bit by Gary Gulman, a chat room party game, and commonly used video game abbreviations.
00:00:21 - Norah and Ben open the show by talking about the weather 00:02:50 - Ben drops a “Pop Song 89” reference, and Norah picks it up 00:03:53 - Distracted by Truth or Consequences and Elephant Butte New Mexico 00:06:54 - Discussing the TikTok trend of “Quiet Quitting,” and working from home 00:12:27 - Teen employment through the generations… more research required 00:14:14 - Cozy mysteries on BritBox, and “How to Build a Sex Room” on Netflix 00:16:00 - Norah explains a little bit about acronyms and initialisms 00:19:40 - Anacronyms, an acronym, and usage statistics in the Google Ngram Viewer 00:24:30 - Types of abbreviations, and having fun at work with backronyms 00:26:29 - Be careful when choosing your acronyms, and watchdogs vs. proofreaders 00:29:06 - Norah puts on her anti-embarrassment scarf for Ben’s explanation 00:32:15 - FUBAR actually means f-ed up beyond all repair, and OJCBRBPA 00:34:53 - “FOMO is too much like MOFO,” HDM1 cables, and when the world ends 00:38:03 - “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart” 00:40:23 - A plan for zone improvement, and saving the ship 00:42:30 - The “state abbreviation documentary” bit, and a scene from the movie Kiss of Death 00:45:45 - Ben reminisces about playing “Acrophobia: Fear of Acronyms” in the late 90s 00:48:47 - Norah learns video game related acronyms starting with: RPG, MMO, and WoW 00:50:08 - MOBA, FPS, RTS, PVP, PVE, and SIM 00:52:07 - Ben tries to lead Norah to DLC in the style of “The $100,000 Pyramid” gameshow 00:54:42 - NPC, HUD, XP, QWERTY, and Ben forgets to talk about WASD controls 00:58:07 - MK, NFS, FF, SF, ESRB ratings, AOE, DOT, and “AFK, BIO” 01:01:03 - LFG, LFP, OMW, “M as in Mancy,” TLDR, AP, and HP 01:04:06 - “Point and click adventure” games, “best briends forever,” and shmups 01:06:32 - Ben closes the show with the Konami code and that is TMI for Norah
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