Our discussion about grammagrams prompts listeners to send in several more stories from their workplaces. A high-school drama teacher in Arlington, Texas, reports that in the theater world, the letter Q is scribbled in scripts to mean cue. A plumber points out that pipes that are Y-shaped are called wyes. A Virginia man who works in a shipyard that refuels nuclear submarines says that because the abbreviation for bill of materials is BOM, he and his colleagues joke about exploding nuclear BOMs. It’s not really a grammagram but we like it! This is part of a complete episode.
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