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Acronyms and Abbrevs.

by Ward Smith

WASH., D.C. — Acronyms and abbrevs. may be a thing of the past in the fed. gvt. if Spkr. of the House N. Pelosi has her way. Speaking on C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network), she said it was time to require understandable, clear language as the U.S. prepares to extend citizenship to as many as 30 mill. undocumented foreigners.

The DOD (Department of Defense) will be hardest hit with as many as 790 commonly used acronyms, including 30 different meanings for COE.

The OMB (Office of Management and Budget) and DFAS (Defense Finance & Accounting Service) estimates that Pelosi's bill could cost $20 mill. just to paint over USAF (United States Air Force) and USN (United States Navy) on airplanes and ships. To replace abbrevs. and acronyms, such as V-P (Vice-President), USMF (United States Military Force), IRS (Internal Revenue Service), USFWS (United States Fish and Wildlife Service) and USFS (United States Forest Service), on letterhead, ID badges, unis, bldgs., and so forth could cost billions.

"This bill is a stupid idea," said Wright Short Jr., member of HELP (Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions). "It's just about as dumb as the laws that Congress passed to get people to switch to the metric system. And how did that work out for you?"

Pelosi said her staff members told her that more than 3,900 acronyms and initialisms are commonly used in the federal government.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, U.S. Congress

"That's twice as many characters as are commonly used in Japanese writing," she said. "The entire taki taki language in South America has a vocabulary of only 340 words.

"I don't think people should have to learn a new language every time they switch departments in the government. I've been here almost 25 years, and I still don't understand what's going on around here."

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