thinglets: A long title of one entry to a blog when the title is about the length of titles and other things?

longest place name

Abbreviation (Russian)


Laboratory for Shuttering, Reinforcement, Concrete and Ferroconcrete Operations for Composite-monolithic and Monolithic Constructions of the Department of Technology of Building Assembly Operations of the Scientific Research Institute of the Organization for Building Mechanization and Technical Aid of the Academy of Building and Architecture of the USSR.

Longest Baseball Throw

Glen Gorbous, a Canadian minor leaguer, who had a three year stint in the Majors from 1955 - 1957 still holds the record. In 1957, after a running start, the ball left his arm at an estimated 120 MPH and it flew and flew and flew. After all was said and done the baseball covered a total of 445 feet 10 inches before hitting the ground and breaking the old record by a whole nine inches.

Job Title 

"temporary part-time libraries North-West inter-library loan business unit administration assistant."

Song Title - Christine Lavin

Regretting what I said to you when you called me at 11:00 on Friday morning to tell me that 1:00 Friday afternoon you were gonna leave your office, go downstairs, hail a cab, to go out to the airport, to catch a plane, to go skiing in the Alps for two weeks. Not that I wanted to go with you; I wasn't able to leave town, I'm not a very good skier, I couldn't expect you to pay my way, but after going out with you for three years, I don't like surprises. (A musical apology)

...special mention goes to

"The Sad But True Story Of Ray Mingus, The Lumberjack Of Bulk Rock City, And His Never Slacking Stribe In Exploiting The So Far Undiscovered Areas Of The Intention To Bodily Intercourse From The Opposite Species Of His Kind, During Intake Of All The Mental Condition That Could Be Derived From Fermentation." By Rednex 

Film Title

Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D

...but it once was

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

Band Name

The Clouds That Fondle Jagged Crags And Raging Storms Conspire And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

Album Title - Chumbawumba

The boy bands have won, and all the copyists and the tribute bands and the TV talent show producers have won, if we allow our culture to be shaped by mimicry, whether from lack of ideas or from exaggerated respect. You should never try to freeze culture. What you can do is recycle that culture. Take your older brother's hand-me-down jacket and re-style it, re-fashion it to the point where it becomes your own. But don't just regurgitate creative history, or hold art and music and literature as fixed, untouchable and kept under glass. The people who try to 'guard' any particular form of music are, like the copyists and manufactured bands, doing it the worst disservice, because the only thing that you can do to music that will damage it is not change it, not make it your own. Because then it dies, then it's over, then it's done, and the boy bands have won.

Podcast Forty One - Oh Bloggers, Wherefore Thou Art?

A brief podcast concerning the following questions:
Are blogs art, and should bloggers be able to receive art's funding?
Is there any simpler way to change the channel on my TV than a casual press of my thumb?
And, as much as we complain about abbreviations and acronyms... have things really changed all that much over the past 60 years?

lovehate: Plus ca change, tous ces la meme chose

abbreviation dictionary

The more that things change, the more they stay the same... and yet somehow I find myself in Quebec, but that's another story.

I've been guilty at decrying the over use of prefixes and suffixes as they relate to technology. After all, we've all suffered through "i" this and "e" that and something "x". And in as much as these prefixes and suffixes are problematic, their muddling of the English language pales in comparison to the acronyms and abbreviations that clutter up our linguistic sensibilities.

While strolling through a couple of bookstores in The Glebe (which is an Ottawa neighborhood) I stumbled upon Cecily C. Matthews "A Dictionary of Abbreviations" published by George Routledge & Sons in 1947 London. The book's forward begins: "The middle twentieth century, more perhaps than any previous period since writing began, is an age of abbreviations: new ones are being forged everyday." 62 years later and quite simply, this book could not exist as it would be horribly outdated by the time the compilation went to print. Abbreviations and acronyms have become an intrinsic part of our language that we are all at once loathsome of and thankful for.

With this said, I would like to present what I believe are some of the most interesting abbreviations from the book. It's funny to see how the concept making the words fit the acronym had no place in reduction of words, rather it was all about shortening text:

AFHTWTA - Amalgamated Felt Hat Trimmers' and Wool Trimmers' Association (Screw you non-felties!)
BPOWBGF - British Prisoners of War Books and Games Fund (Next they'll want cable.)
CPOHFC - Crossley and Porter Orphan Home for Fathlerless Children (
DSCAEF - Deputy Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force
FCKMU - Fife, Clackmannan and Kinross Miners' Union (This abbr. just looks obscene)
HMHMH - His Majesty's Household Master of the Horse (Is Horse Master like Beast Master?)
ICTRF - Ice Cream and Temperance Refreshment Federation (I so want to join this one.)
PLFIFL - Poetry Lovers' Fellowship and International Fellowship of Literature (I like Dead Poets' Society better.)
RSSPCA - Royal School Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
RSSPCC - Royal School Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
SVBEEQV - Si vales, bene est: ego quoque valeo ("I hope you're well; I am." - I think UOK?IOK works better.)
ZCRGSMWS - Zinc and Copper Roofers and General Sheet Metal Workers' Society (Try and make a cool sounding word out of this.)

At some point, shouldn't an abbreviation look at reducing the amount of words in order to reduce the letters in the acronym? Anyway, though we think we may the first generation to bitterly complain about language disappearing into initials, in 62 years our complaining has remained pretty constant. Or to sum it up: we have indeed no exclusivity... or WHINE for short.