The ISIHAC
Initials Page

Last Updated
17 Feb 2013

On the BBC Radio 4 show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, one of the rounds includes suggestions for the real meanings for sets of initials, and in the more modern era, acronyms used in Text Speak. Here are some of the teams' suggestions, along with some of my suggestions. If you have any ideas you would like included, please e-mail me here, and I will add the best ones (with full credit to you of course)

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G.W.D.U. :  Prime Minister's shorthand for Get Well Dennis, Urgent
(General Worker's Development Union)

11 Mar 1989
M.J.S.D. :  Michael Jackson's Surgery Disintegrates
(March, June, September, December)

11 Mar 1989
R.F.C.M.C. :  Radio Four Can Murder Comedy
(Reconstruction Finance Commission of Monte Carlo)

11 Mar 1989
R.C.E.C.A. :  Ronnie Corbett Eats Condensed Aardvark
(Railway Car Export Corporation of America)

11 Mar 1989
I.C.U.M.S.A. :  I Can Usually Make Statements on Anything
(International Commission for United Methods of Sugar Analysis)

11 Mar 1989
U.S.W.D. :  Unbearably Sexy Winter Drawers
(Under-Surface Warfare Division)

11 Mar 1989
K.G.B. :  Kill George Bush
(Russian MI5)

11 Mar 1989
U.G.S.S.S. :  Uri Geller Sends Spoons Spiralling
(Union of Girls Schools for Social Service)

11 Mar 1989
C.O.P.E.C. :  Colin On Piano Empties Concert-Halls
(Christian Order of Politics, Economics & Citizenship)

08 Jun 1985
N.P.F.A. :  Nicholas Parsons....(need I go on?)
(National Playing Fields Association)

08 Jun 1985
C.P.R.E. :  Cecil Parkinson Retires Early
(Council for the Preservation of Rural England)

08 Jun 1985
M.R.C.O.G. :  Marinate Ronnie Corbett Over Gas
(Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynæcologists)

08 Jun 1985
M.S.U.L. :  Marks & Spencer's Underwear Leaks
(Medical School of the University of London)

08 Jun 1985
L.W.O.S.T. :  Lloyd-Webber Orchestrated, Sings Treble
(Low Water Ordinary Spring Tides)

08 Jun 1985
R.N.A. :  Royal Nazi Association
(Ribo Nucleic Acid)

08 Jun 1985
B.Q.M.S. :  Beware the Queen Mother's Socks
or Bury Quasi-Modo Standing

08 Jun 1985
F.R.I.B.A. :  Flock Round Ian Botham Association
or Fur Retailers Insect Bottling Activists
or Fred Rumsey Is Bowling Again
(Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects)

24 Oct 1981
B.F.B.S. :  Basil Fawlty Bashes Spaniards
(British & Foreign Bible Society)

24 Oct 1981
S.E.A.T.O. :  Send Eamonn Andrews To Oman
(South East Asia Treaty Organisation)

24 Oct 1981
R.S.P.C.A. :  Richard Stilgoe Plays Crappy Arpeggio
(Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

24 Oct 1981
M.P.B.W. :  Make Patti Boulay Warm
or Members of Parliament Break Wind
(Ministry of Public Building & Works)

24 Oct 1981
D.A.A.G. :  Dan Archer Ages Gracefully
(Deputy Assistant Adjutant General)

24 Oct 1981
L.B.C. :  Lynch Barbara Cartland
or Low Bottoms Creak
(London Broadcasting Company)

24 Oct 1981
G.B.H. :  Gerald Bloody Harper!
or Grandmother's Been Had
or Georgie Best's Halitosis
(Grievous Bodily Harm)

24 Oct 1981
T.F.B. :  Tony F****** Blackburn
(Thatcher Ferry Bridge)

20 Mar 1982
F.A.E.T.U.P. :  Fred Astaire & Elsie Tanner's Unnatural Practices
or London Transport's Obituary Fares Are Ever Totting UP
(Fleet Airborne Electronic Training Unit Pacific)

20 Mar 1982
S.C.O.R.E. :  Stop Crucifying Oliver Reed Everybody
(Service Corps Of Retired Executive)

20 Mar 1982
A.S.L.E.F. :  Alexei Sayle Likes Enunciating F***!
(Association of Steam Locomotive Enginemen & Firemen)

20 Mar 1982
N.A.T.O. :  It's a football team, the News At Ten Occasionals
(National Association of Taxi-cab Owners
or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation)

20 Mar 1982
N.P.F.A. :  Nicholas Parsons...doesn't amount to much
(National Playing Fields Association)

17 Sep 1979
F.R.A.S. :  Fiona Richmond Attacks Suddenly
(Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society)

17 Sep 1979
Y.M.C.A. :  They're a great team - it's the Yokohama Mornington Crescent Allstars
(Young Mens' Christian Association)

17 Sep 1979
W.R.P. :  Willie Rushton for Pope
(Workers' Revolutionary Party)

17 Sep 1979
P.D.S.A. :  Pigeon Droppings for South Africa
(Peoples' Dispensary for Sick Animals)

17 Sep 1979
Eng. :  Eliminate Noele Gordon
(English)

17 Sep 1979
Eng. Lit. :  Eliminate Noele Gordon Literally
(English Literature)

17 Sep 1979
A.C.G.B. :  Association for Cannibalising Good Books
(Arts Council of Great Britain)

17 Sep 1979
M.R.I.P.N. & H. :  Middlesex Rebel In Physical Nonsense & Herpes
(Member of the Royal Institute of Public Health & Hygeine [sic])
Middlesex Hospital
16 Apr 1983
T.O.E.T. :  Take Off Everybody's Trousers
or Telephone 'Ome E.T.
(Test Of Elementary Training)
Middlesex Hospital
16 Apr 1983
C.G.L.I. :  Charlie George Laughs Incessantly
or Cary Grant Looks Incredible
or Can Get Lousy Initials
(City & Guilds of London Institute)
Middlesex Hospital
16 Apr 1983
S.A.S. :  Suppositorys Always Slip
(Special Air Service)
Middlesex Hospital
16 Apr 1983
W.M.M. :  Where's Monty Modelling?
or Where's Malcolm Muggeridge
(World Movement of Mothers)

08 Dec 1990
B.C.A.S. :  Barry Cryer Asks for Sympathy
(British Compressed Air Society)

08 Dec 1990
C.P.N.Z. :  Association for People with Spelling Difficulties
(Communist Party of New Zealand)

08 Dec 1990
M.C.E.R.F. :  Michael Checkland Eats Raw Flesh
(Mornington Crescent Elevator Reconstruction Fund)

08 Dec 1990
T.W.K.C. :  Thinking Worries Keith Chegwin
or Terry Wogan Knits Cardigans
(Tunbridge Wells Karaoke Club)

08 Dec 1990
I.W.R.M.A. :  I Was Responsible for Murdering Anneka
or Is Willie Rushton Madge Allsop?
(International Wire Rope Making Association)

08 Dec 1990
P.A.S.M.A. :  Pass Arthur Scargill's Money Around
(Prefabricated Aluminium Scaffold Manufacturer's Association)

08 Dec 1990
A.B.R.T.C. :  Absolutely Bonkers Rottweiler Teeth Cleaners
(Anglo-Bengalese Rubber Tubing Company)

13 Jul 1991
W.A.M.D.T. :  Women Against Men Dangling Things
(Women Against Media Distortion of the Truth)

13 Jul 1991
B.L.S.A.C. :  Bonnie Langford - Strange Alien Creature
(Blackheath Ladies' Self-Awareness Club)

13 Jul 1991
C.S.R.H.H. :  Conservative Sisterhood for the Re-election of Herr Hitler
(Campaign for the Safe Return of Humph's Hooter)

13 Jul 1991
C.S.K. :  Keep Spelling Correct
(Campaign for Safe Kitchens)

13 Jul 1991
G.W.R.T.F.G. :  Geriatric Wrinkled Retainers' Trouser Ferreters Guild
(Great Western Railway's Train Fanciers' Gala)

13 Jul 1991
D.A.D. :  Disappear, Anne Diamond!
13 Jul 1991
M.U.G.B. :  Misprint Upsets Germany Beadle
(Musicians' Union, Glasgow Branch)

13 Jul 1991
H.L.E.R. :  Help Lynch Esther Rantzen
or Humphrey Lyttelton Eschews Radishes
(Head of Light Entertainment Radio)

13 Jul 1991
M.P.L.T.O. :  Michael Palin Loves Tom O'Connor
or Mary Poppins Loves Triple Orgasms
(Marshall's Purified Linseed Trumpet Oil)

13 Jul 1991
C.I.E.C. :  Campaign for the Impregnation of Edwina Currie
(Centre Internationale d'Etude Criminologique)

24 Aug 1987
B.L.B. :  Behind Lionel Blair
(Boothby, Lovelace & Bulboullion)

24 Aug 1987
N.K.V.D. :  Never Kiss Val Doonican
or Neil Kinnock's Verbal Diarrhoea
(Narodi Komitet Vnutrekink Del [Turkish])

24 Aug 1987
A.A.A.A. :  The Society for the Deaf
(American Association for the Advancement of Atheism)

24 Aug 1987
S.A.R.B.E. :  See Anneka Rice's Bottom Easily
(Search And Rescue Beacon Equipment)

23 Aug 1986
D.H.S.S. :  Deaf Hate Secombe Singing
(Department of Health and Social Security)

23 Aug 1986
J.B.C.P.S. :  Jeremy Beadle Couldn't Pull a Sheep
(Journeyman Bakers' and Confectioners' Pension Society)

23 Aug 1986
I.R.P.A. :  I'm Reserved for Prince Andrew
(Indian Railway Porters' Association)

23 Aug 1986
I.M.P.I.C.S. :  Is Marjorie Proops In Command of her Senses
(Integrated Manufacturing Program and Control System)

23 Aug 1986
L.F.I.C.S. :  Lesbian Ferrets Implement Council Subsidy
(Landing Force Integrated Communication System)

23 Aug 1986
H.B.C. :  Haley's Bloody Comet
(Hudson Bay Company)

23 Aug 1986
B.D.C.C. :  British Dustman's Christmas Cough
(British Domestic Coal Council)

23 Aug 1986
U.T.C.P.T. :  Under The Carpet Please Tim
(Union Internationale Des Organasime [sic] Touristique)
Unknown 5
L.L.A.A.I.I. :  Sorry darling, the car's broken down (as in 'Ell 'ell, A.A., Aye aye!)
(Le Altesse Imperiale [Their Imperial Highnesses])
Unknown 5
A.A.B.M. :  Association for the Abolition of Barry Manilow
(Association of American Battery Manufacturers)
Unknown 5
T.D.I.A. :  Tim's Done It Again!
(Tropical Disease Investigation Agency)
Unknown 5
L.L.A.A.R.R. :  Sorry darling, the car's broken down in Somerset (as in 'Ell 'ell, A.A., Arr Arr)
(Le Altesse Royale)
Unknown 5
I.D.A.C. :  I Don't Actually Care
(Import Duties Advisory Committee)
Unknown 5
J. :  A mono acronym of the Archbishop of Canterbury striking his thumb with a hammer, when he exclaims "Jeey"
(The square root of minus one)
Unknown 5
N.F.M.P.S. :  National Front Mediæval Poetry Society
(National Federation of Master Printers in Scotland)

05 Oct 1987
S.P.A.R.K.S. :  Society for the Promotion of Anneka Rice in Knickers & Suspenders
(Sportsmen Pledge to Aid Research into Crippling Diseases)

05 Oct 1987
D.F.M.S. :  Desperately Fancy Moira Stuart
(Domestic & Foreign Missionary Society)

05 Oct 1987
N.S.P.C.C. :  No Sex Please - Chemically Castrated
(National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)

05 Oct 1987
N.H.B.R.C. :  Never Have British Rail Catering
(National House Builders' Registration Council)

05 Oct 1987
T.J.B.T. :  Tremendously Jolly & Brilliant Talker
(Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor)

05 Oct 1987
D.E.L.T.A. :  Dave Eric Lee Travis, Actually
(Detailed Labour & Time Analysis)

05 Oct 1987
B.F.M.F. :  Bruce Forsyth's Matt Finish
(British Footwear Manufacturers' Federation)

05 Oct 1987
P.S.S.O. :  Post Script - Sod Off!
(Pass Slip Stitch Over [from knitting patterns])
Kevin Hale
U.T.C.P.T. :  Under The Carpet Please Tim
(Union Internationale Des Organasime [sic] Touristique)

21 Jan 1989
L.L.A.A.I.I. :  Sorry darling, the car's broken down (as in 'Ell 'ell, A.A., Aye aye!)
(Le Altesse Imperiale [Their Imperial Highnesses])

21 Jan 1989
A.A.B.M. :  Association for the Abolition of Barry Manilow
(Association of American Battery Manufacturers)

21 Jan 1989
N.E.S.D.I.S. :  Never Eat Salvador Dali's Internal Specimens
(National Environmental Satellite Data Information Source)

21 Jan 1989
T.D.I.A. :  Tim's Done It Again!
(Tropical Disease Investigation Agency)

21 Jan 1989
L.L.A.A.R.R. :  Sorry darling, the car's broken down in Somerset (as in 'Ell 'ell, A.A., Arr Arr)
(Le Altesse Royale)

21 Jan 1989
I.D.A.C. :  I Don't Actually Care
(Import Duties Advisory Committee)

21 Jan 1989
J. :  A mono acronym of the Archbishop of Canterbury striking his thumb with a hammer, when he exclaims "Jeey"
(The square root of minus one)

21 Jan 1989
b.e.f. :  The little British Expeditionary Force
or the Keep The 'E' Out Of Beef Campaign
or British Egg Fanciers
(blunt end first)

25 Sep 1974
D.O.R.I.S. :  Doris Owes Rushton One Shilling
(Direct Order Recording and Invoicing System)

25 Sep 1974
G.W.D.U. :  Prime Minister's shorthand for Get Well Dennis, Urgent
(General Worker's Development Union)

29 Jan 1990
M.J.S.D. :  Michael Jackson's Surgery Disintegrates
(March, June, September, December)

29 Jan 1990
R.F.C.M.C. :  Radio Four Can Murder Comedy
(Reconstruction Finance Commission of Monte Carlo)

29 Jan 1990
R.C.E.C.A. :  Ronnie Corbett Eats Condensed Aardvark
(Railway Car Export Corporation of America)

29 Jan 1990
I.C.U.M.S.A. :  I Can Usually Make Statements on Anything
(International Commission for United Methods of Sugar Analysis)

29 Jan 1990
U.S.W.D. :  Unbearably Sexy Winter Drawers
(Under-Surface Warfare Division)

29 Jan 1990
K.G.B. :  Kill George Bush
(Russian MI5)

29 Jan 1990
U.G.S.S.S. :  Uri Geller Sends Spoons Spiralling
(Union of Girls Schools for Social Service)

29 Jan 1990
S.S.A.F.A. :  Society for Sending Adam Faith Away
(Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmen's Family Association)

10 Oct 1978
D.O.R.A. :  Des O'Connor Rites Appalingly
(Defence Of the Realms Act)

10 Oct 1978
R.T.S. :  Recycle Tommy Steele
(Religious Tracts Society)

10 Oct 1978
N.F.U. :  National Front Underwear
(National Farmers' Union)

10 Oct 1978
S.P.C.K. :  Spitting Porridge Can Kill
(Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)

17 Oct 1978
N.O.S.O.P.E.X. :  National Organised Society for the Orderly Preservation of Extinct Xylophones
(NOrthern Sumatra Offshore Petroleum EXploration)

17 Oct 1978
B.U.P.A. :  Buried Under Piles of Aerosols
(British United Providence Association)

17 Oct 1978
F.H.P.R.P. :  Faith Healers' Protection Racket Practitioners
(Family Housing Programme Review Panel)

17 Oct 1978
F.H.P.R.P. :  Foreign Hotel Proprietors' Rebuilding Programme
(Family Housing Programme Review Panel)

17 Oct 1978
H.G.O.A. :  Hang Gliding for the Old and Arthritic
(Houston Grand Opera Association)

17 Oct 1978
W.V.S. :  Association of Bad Spellers
(Women's Voluntary Service)

17 Oct 1978
W.V.S. :  Royal and Ancient Association of Water Vole Stranglers
(Women's Voluntary Service)

17 Oct 1978
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