Monday, February 29, 2016
In my copious spare time (!), I'm reading the late Willard Bascom's autobiography 'The Crest Of The Wave'. He was one of the pioneering scientists in the field of oceanography, and had many interesting and amusing anecdotes from the early years of that discipline.
One of them involved a Royal Navy study group during World War II with the grandiloquent name 'Operations Research Group for Anti-Submarine Measures'. Inevitably, the acronym for the group became ORGASM. Apparently its reports were awaited with eager anticipation by those who knew of the acronym, but not what it meant (officially, that is).
I have to wonder whether the naval officers concerned actually planned the name of the group in order to fit the acronym - putting the cart before the horse, so to speak. Considering the sense of humor of some Naval officers I have known (*cough*Old NFO*cough*), I think that's more than likely!