[discuss] Humpty Dumpty - These are the Rulz

manning bill bmanning at isi.edu
Tue Feb 25 06:03:57 UTC 2014

Acronym usage:  Strunk & White

On first reference, spell out the full, formal title and place the acronym in parentheses after the title: Child Development Institute (CDI). 
 By the way, an acronym is not an acronym unless you pronounce the initials as a single word (e.g., NIH and NSF are not proper acronyms, but 
 CISAB, IGERT and AIDS are),

'There's glory for you!'
'I don't know what you mean by "glory",' Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't — till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'
'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument",' Alice objected.
'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'
'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'
'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master — that's all.’

Alice was too much puzzled to say anything; so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. 'They've a temper, some of them — particularly verbs: they're the proudest — adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs — however, I can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That's what I say!'
'Would you tell me please,' said Alice, 'what that means?'
'Now you talk like a reasonable child,' said Humpty Dumpty, looking very much pleased. 'I meant by "impenetrability" that we've had enough of that subject, and it would be just as well if you'd mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don't mean to stop here all the rest of your life.'
'That's a great deal to make one word mean,' Alice said in a thoughtful tone.
'When I make a word do a lot of work like that,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'I always pay it extra.'

Neca eos omnes.  Deus suos agnoscet.  - Latin
Tuez-les tous. Dieu reconnaîtra les siens. - French
Kill them all. God will recognize his own. - English

The rest of the ITU languages are available on request.

On 24February2014Monday, at 21:10, Milton L Mueller <mueller at syr.edu> wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
>> For someone who is not interested in the "way servers [etc.] 
>> call themselves," you are throwing around a lot of terms and 
>> acronyms most (if not all) of which seem to be used only within 
>> a narrow group and are not used (or no longer used) or 
>> understood by many (and in some cases most) on this list, such as (but not limited to):
> We are all guilty of that. 
> I'll see your VGNIC Catenet and raise you a GNSO CCWG (part of the IG ecosystem, or as Mike Roberts would put it, "IG governance"). 
> But Philip Hallam Baker said it best in a recent post: "Use SSL with RSA2048+ and AES128/SHA256 to secure SUBMIT, IMAP and POP" Yeah! Right on, bro!
> You let that pass and went after the Francophones? 
> How about bill's sig, "Neca eos omnes, Deus suos agnoscet"?  Those are not acronyms... 
> How's your Latin?
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