World's longest acronym puts TODASTWD to shame
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
After years of injecting short strings of jumbled letters into the consciousness of public education, the Texas Education Agency recently presented state superintendents with perhaps its longest example of terseness ever.
At eight letters, TODASTWD — representing Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day — puts to shame the agency’s previous TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills), PEIMS (Public Education Information Management System) and TARGET (Technology Applications Readiness Grant for Empowering Texas.)
The Navy earns top U.S. billing with ADCOMSUBORDCOMPHIBSPAC — which stands for Administrative Command, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet Subordinate Command , listed in the 1997 edition of the Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary.
Impressive as that is, the U.S. loses to the former Soviet Union, which according to the Guinness Book of Words created the longest acronym ever with NIIOMTPLABOPARMBETZHELBETRABSBOMONIMONKONOTDTEKHSTROMONT (56 letters, 54 in Cyrillic).
Found in the Concise Dictionary of Soviet Terminology, it means: The laboratory for shuttering, reinforcement, concrete and ferroconcrete operations for composite-monolithic and monolithic constructions of the Department of the Technology of Building-assembly operations of the Scientific Research Institute of the Organization for building mechanization and technical aid of the Academy of Building and Architecture of the USSR.