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11 Acronyms Whose Dirty Meanings Have Usurped Their Clean Meanings
written by Sam Greenspan

I'm a huge fan of acronyms. (Obviously. You can tell by looking at me. Or talking to me for two minutes.) I'm also a huge fan of accidental, hidden dirty meanings. (Check out many, many, many, many, many, many of the lists in this site's archive.) So I'm actually surprised it took me this long to think of this list idea.
  1. BBW
    Old meaning: Stock symbol for Build-A-Bear Workshop
    New meaning: Big beautiful woman



    I have to tell ya, making that image above involved one of the most brutal Google image searches I've ever done. It got so bad that I actually turned their "Safe Search" option back on. What can I say? I just don't have the stomach to look at half-filled teddy bears.

  2. ATM
    Old meaning: Automated teller machine
    New meaning: Ass to mouth



    You know how people always say "ATM machine"? At least with the newer meaning they don't say "ATM mouth." Cleaning up improper use of the English language, one deviant sexual act at a time.

  3. DSL
    Old meaning: Digital subscriber line
    New meaning: D*ck sucking lips



    I wonder if the second kind of DSLs are also going to made totally obsolete by FIOS. (Fuller Injections, Optimum Suction? Frequent Implants, Oral Sex? Face Is Obviously Silicone?)

  4. UTI
    Old meaning: Universal Technical Institute
    New meaning: Urinary tract infection



    When I'm watching late late night TV, UTI is always showing their commercials. They kind of make me want to learn how to become a boat mechanic. But more so, they make me want to drink a glass of cranberry juice.

  5. GFE
    Old meaning: Good faith estimate
    New meaning: Girlfriend experience



    The first one is a document that shows you the hidden costs and fees associated with a loan. The second one is a prostitute who spends the whole night going out on the town with you (and then performs more traditional prostitution duties). Well, in both cases, at least you know you're getting screwed at the end. (Rim shot!)

  6. DP
    Old meaning: Director of photography
    New meaning: Double penetration



    I actually know a guy from college who works in the porn business now. He was the DP on a DP scene. That's totally a line for the Christmas letter, huh?

  7. MILF
    Old meaning: Moro Islamic Liberation Front
    New meaning: Mother I'd like to f***



    The former is a rebel paramilitary group in the Philippines. The latter is a term that's part of the rich cornucopia of the West's crumbling morality. One's the hunter, one's the hunted.

  8. NSA
    Old meaning: National Security Agency
    New meaning: No strings attached



    People on Craigslist, Adult Friend Finder and sites of that ilk like to specify they're looking for NSA relationships -- no strings attached. It's just sex. No getting all possessive afterward -- no spying, no wiretapping, no hacking into e-mail.

  9. DTF
    Old meaning: Digital Tape Format
    New meaning: Down to f***



    I didn't include the digital tape format on last week's list about Sony's failures and successes because it didn't really hit my radar. It did for this list, though. I also felt like DAT, SDSS and CLIE all have potential to one day be on this list.

  10. PDA
    Old meaning: Personal Digital Assistant
    New meaning: Public display of affection



    I intentionally chose a photo of the sexy PDA that predates the (now outdated) PDA. If you introduce either kind of PDA when you're out among people you're going to get some strange looks. (I definitely find myself more grossed out when I see someone whip out a Trio or a Palm Pilot with a stylus than I am to see a couple of people kissing and groping each other out in the open.)

  11. MSM
    Old meaning: Methylsulfonylmethane
    New meaning: Men who have sex with men



    Methylsulfonylmethane (or MSM) is a type of sulfur. The mainstream media (or MSM) has promoted its benefits, so some people take it as a supplement. Doctors, however, at places like the Morehouse School of Medicine (or MSM) dispute that it actually has any legitimate impact on your health. However, some clinical trials have shown that it's good for knee and joint pain, which you'll want to clear up before you dance to Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine (or MSM). You know what segment of the population loves Gloria Estefan? Ta-da.


This post was originally published on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 11:00:00 AM under the category Dating & Sex.

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