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How did the acronyms POTUS, FLOTUS, and SCOTUS for President of the United States, First Lady of the United States, and Supreme Court of the United States come about? This is part of a complete episode.

Unfortunate Initials of “WTF”

The World Tae Kwan Do Federation has dropped the word Federation from its name, and will no longer be known as the WTF. As the organization’s president explained: “In the digital age, the acronym of our federation has developed negative...


The medical term FOOSH is an acronym for a painful injury. It stands for “fell onto (his or her) outstretched hand,” which can lead to a broken wrist. This is part of a complete episode.

Linguistic Fanboys

On our Facebook group, a listener asks if anyone else’s children have been taught the term fanboy, meaning a coordinating conjunction. These connecting words include for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so, and a helpful way to remember them is...

Periods in Acronyms?

Why, when writing out an abbreviated name like NATO for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, don’t we use periods between the letters to form the acronym or initialism? This is part of a complete episode.


BOLO is an acronym for Be On the Lookout. An all-points bulletin may also be described as simply a BOL. This is part of a complete episode.