21st Challenge No. 38

The secret life of three-letter acronyms.

Published November 3, 2000 7:31PM (EST)

In a previous Challenge, we asked readers to explain the true meaning of the ubiquitous "http://www." Memorable entries included "Hands to the Pants, Wanton Willing Women."

In this Challenge, we turn to the Three Letter Acronyms (TLAs) that litter our increasingly technologized world. What does VCR really stand for? SUV? .jpg?

Readers are invited to submit up to three well-known TLAs -- and illuminate their true meaning.


CPU: Computer Packaging, Undisposable


Send your submissions via e-mail only to salon21st@salon.com. Please include your full name and an accurate e-mail address so we can contact you if you're a winner. By submitting your entry, you give Salon Technology permission to publish, edit and reuse it. Deadline for entries is Nov. 10, 2000.


The winning response will receive a copy of Salon Technology editor Andrew Leonard's book, "Bots: The Origin of New Species."

In two weeks we'll publish a winner and some selected entries -- then start over a couple weeks after that with a whole new challenge.

By Charlie Varon

Charlie Varon is a humorist and playwright. His works include "Ralph Nader Is Missing" and "Rush Limbaugh in Night School."

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By Jim Rosenau

Jim Rosenau is a writer, editor and software designer in Berkeley, Calif. Jim and Charlie are also co-founders of the citizens group Californians for Earthquake Prevention and partners in Mockingbird Media, which offers a full line of comic services.

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