Post by occam Post by Paul Wolff
On Thu, 14 Nov 2019, at 18:00:56, Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden Post by Paul Wolff
ZA is best for South Africa in two letters. It's less likely to be
confused with other meanings, and it's the ISO two-letter country
code to boot.
First time I saw that country code used, I assumed it stood for
We've had this conversation before.
Nomenclaturally, Zaire and Zambia are Johnnies-come-lately to this
Digging a bit further, I find in Straight Dope the claim that SA
denoted Saarland until 1935.
Once in Cambridge I saw a plate on the wall of someone's office that
read SE and was obviously an international licence plate country code,
but which country? It couldn't be Sweden, which as any fule kno is S,
and Senegal didn't seem likely (which is anyway SN), so what? Vg
ghearq bhg gb or Fnbefgág Évernaa, naq qngrq sebz gur gvzr bs gur
Vevfu Serr Fgngr (ROT13).
I haven't decoded that ROT13 curtain but I can say that all my files
concerning Swedish matters are referenced with an SE suffix.
And you Finnish files? FI or SF? Suomi Finland was a surprise for me.
Algeria, anyone? DZ, natch.
I've no expectation that anyone here will follow the link, but my whole
professional life has been spent in intellectual property and this is
one of the working manuals, which is conveniently, or in some eyes
inconveniently, ordered by country code (for some values of 'country'):
WIPO = World Intellectual Property Organization. WIPO was previously
BIRPI (Bureau etc.) and I guiltily admit that both acronyms press my
schoolboy humour button. I don't want to grow up yet.