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A reader sent this story. It helps explain why your economy is in shambles.

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A new group was formed at my work called the "Business Information Group" using the acronym BIG. The Information Technology department for this group added the initials IT to this acronym. Recently they had mugs ordered with the letters BIGIT. It was only after these mugs showed up on many desks that someone from another department asked "You guys are calling yourself bigots?"

They didn't return the mugs, but they do turn them around so the letters BIGIT are not facing outward.
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This reminded me of a story from childhood. In sixth grade one of the tough kids in the class decided to put on the back of his new leather jacket "Hell's Angels." But he spelled it "Hell's Angles." This misspelling was gleefully pointed out to him by the nerdier elements of the class (okay, me). Unfortnately for him, there was no way to correct it without ruining the jacket. And he couldn't afford a new leather jacket, so he lived with it. I guess he figured most people wouldn't notice. I like to think he was wrong about that.
 
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Mar 2, 2009
The most popular magazine in the UK is called the "Angling Times".
I've often wondered how popular trigonometry can possibly be.

And I'd love to walk into PC World and shout !$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$% gets that one.
 
 
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Mar 2, 2009
A friend of mine wrote "Hell's Angles" in one of his textbooks in high school. As I pointed out his mistake, I realized it was his geometry book, which made it all the more hilarious. It's a little sad, though, because I'm not sure he ever understood why I thought it was so funny.
 
 
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Mar 2, 2009
I worked for them too until January of this year but I came on board after they had become Accenture.
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
I used to work for a group in the Andersen Consulting World Headquarters that they renamed "Technology And Competence." Now say that out loud.

Is it any wonder that Andersen Consulting doesn't exist anymore? (They're now Accenture.)
 
 
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Mar 2, 2009
Here in Seattle, the city was justifiably proud of its new light rail/trolley line from South Lake Union to Westlake Mall. They had planned to call it the South Lake Union Trolley, and had logos designed and were almost ready to make the official announcement when someone finally noticed the problem with the acronym. At which point they decided to call it a Streetcar instead of a Trolley. But, no matter how hard the city tries, people still come to town to "Ride the S.L.U.T."
 
 
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Mar 2, 2009
Canadian Coalition Reform Alliance Party. In Canada the Conservative and Alliance parties formed an alliance to topple the Liberal government. They even had a great big press conference in front of a signs saying 'CCRAP'.
 
 
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Mar 2, 2009
I must admit, I usually notice typos and misspellings on the first pass (for example, in the sentence of one of the comments containing the phrase "...the shockingly low level of lucidity..."), except for my own (but then again, I'm perfect, so why should I worry?). The good thing is, it's part of my job - so I get paid for being picky-picky.

At least the IT department in Scott's story wasn't called the General Information Technology department.
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
I like to think, Scott, that you corrected your Hell's Angles bully with some witty variant of the "you're so obtuse" insult. At least, that's what I'm picturing.
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
I have no idea why I thought of this when I read the blog posting.

When I was in elementary school in the 1970's we learned about puns. Our teacher told us the word "pun" was an acronym for "play upon words". I raised my hand and asked, "Wouldn't that be a 'puw'?" She went medieval on my ass over that saying I was talking back. Hookay!
 
 
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Mar 2, 2009
i once met a guy who tattooed "born to lose" on his arm. but he had misspelled it and tattooed "born to loose." I found that rather, well, appropriate.
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
After the 2004 Olympics a fan had her back tattoed to celebrate the victory of Kelly Holmes.
Only problem was the tattoist mispelt Holmes as Homes!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/funny_old_game/3621186.stm
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
You missplelled "Unfortnately".
 
 
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Mar 2, 2009
Apparently Mr. Hell's Angles didn't flex his bully muscles enough, or you would have NEVER mentioned it! Our economy is in such a mess for precisely the reason the BIGIT cup existed, someone needed to feel superior to the rest of the class, and irrespective of the outcome, they proceeded.
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
My imaginary math club in high school was known as "Hell's Angles," of course I was the only member we only had 12 in my graduating class. I was the only member of the math club. With such a small class we didn't have enough people to fill out all the clubs. I elected myself president though, and used it as a reference on job applications. Although I went on to get a Ph.D. in Electrical and/or Psychological Engineering, my greatest success was as a receiving clerk. ---gk
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
Notise wut? me doesn´t git it
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
In his defence, one would assume that Hell would be full of pointy angles sticking up everywhere, just waiting for someone to sit down...

Along the same lines, about 100 years ago, I worked on a project that took data from one type of computer, massaged it, and transferred it to another type of machine. We called it FITS (Flexible Information Transfer System) At our first meeting, my boss spoke up and suggested that the name didn't capture the translation aspects of the project. His suggestion? Translating Information Transfer System. I can just imagine the reactions that the team shirts would have invoked!

Cheers,
Rich.
 
 
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Mar 2, 2009
May I be a bit irrelevant?

Here in Lithuania the largest commercial bank forwarded invitations in English for selected VIP clients to an event:

"for proffesionals only".
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
Similar childhood moment -- girl in ceramics class made a Lion King plaque for her wall. Except she spelled it Loin King - which of course went unnoticed until after it was fired.
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
> I guess he figured most people wouldn't notice.
> I like to think he was wrong about that.

Unfortunately, with the shockingly low level of lucidity hat I've observed in most humans, he was probably right.
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
Or he could have just started slicing people who pointed it out with a protractor. That's what I would have done.
 
 
 
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