On 20/02/2020 13:51, RH Draney wrote:
Post by RH Draney
How about Arizona's incarnation of Medicare, the Arizona Health Care
Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS, universally spoken as "access"?...
(My old employer came up with File Services Input Handler, or "fsih",
During Y2K preps I realised we could save the customer £1XX,XXX by
writing a small, simple, from-the-ground-up tool instead of buying a
dozen licences for a big, complicated tool that wasn't written with Y2K
We needed a name. Since it was my idea, I was given that task.
I came up with a name. It was a short but highly relevant name that
described the function of the program with some precision and even
incorporated the names of the contractor (to which I was subcontracted)
and of our subteam.
I submitted the name to the project manager, taking care to inform him
that the name was not 100% my idea; I'd asked for comments from the rest
of my team and had adopted two suggested changes.
He read the name.
He nodded. Good name. He liked that I'd managed to squeeze the name of
his employer (the subcontractor) into it. Good for future business.
Then he worked it out, and exploded with laughter.
It wasn't actually all that funny. It was a six-letter word that used
all the letters from "organism" except for the 'n' and the 'i'. You sort
of had to be there, really - imagining suits reading the expansion at
face value and never spotting the acronym.
"You can't call it that!"
"Sorry," said I.
"So am I," he said.
I came up with a different and much more pedestrian name.
The different and much more pedestrian name was adopted, and I thought
no more about it.
Two weeks later, however, the project manager came back from a meeting
at which he'd discussed the program with the customer and with other
contractors who, I now learned, would also be using it.
He reported their somewhat lukewarm reaction to the different and much
more pedestrian name: "A chap from the customer team said, `It's rather
a dull name; surely they could have come up with a better name than
that?' So I told him: `They did!'"
Email: rjh at cpax dot org dot uk
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