Only in Norfolk

indeed it still does, the old rivalry extends to my work too with some crowing over the gt yarmouth new bridge being opened before the lowestoft one…

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I always felt that Trotters Independent Traders made an appropriate acronym & was almost reflected in real life when the insurance company I worked for in the late 1970s, early 1980s, sponsored a programme for young, promising athletes which include a very young Sebastian Coe.

The programme was called Provincial Insurance Training Squad, PITS, & someone was heard to remark, ‘Thank god it wasn’t sponsored by Trident Insurance…’.

Also from the book of medical acronyms - GPO, Good for Parts Only.



And of course… adolescent sniggering when you say ‘see you next Thursday’ to someone who has really just annoyed, antagonised or otherwise wound you up.


When I was in MOD the Corporate Headquarters Office Technology System (CHOTS) was originally going to be the Supreme Headquarters Information Technology System.


World War II postal acronyms were first used to convey messages between servicemen and their sweethearts back home. They were usually written on the back of an envelope.[1]

S.W.A.K. on the back of a letter c. 1942

The acronyms, possibly including some more recent additions, include:

  • S.W.A.L.K. — Sealed With A Loving Kiss. A variant is S.W.A.K. (“Sealed With A Kiss”).[2]
  • V.E.N.I.C.E. — Very Excited Now I Caress Everywhere[3]
  • E.G.Y.P.T. — Eager to Grab/Eagerly Groping/Grasping Your Pretty Tits[4]
  • B.U.R.M.A. — Be Undressed/Upstairs Ready My Angel[4]
  • R.A.D.I.O. Romance And Delight I Offer (often used with B.U.R.M.A.)
  • S.I.A.M. Sexual Intercourse At Midnight (used with B.U.R.M.A. as in B.U.R.M.A. 4 S.I.A.M.)
  • H.O.L.L.A.N.D. — Hope Our Love Lives/Lasts And Never Dies
  • I.T.A.L.Y. — I Trust And Love You or I’m Thinking About Loving You
  • F.R.A.N.C.E. — Friendship Remains And Never Can End
  • M.A.L.A.Y.A. — My Ardent Lips Await Your Arrival
  • B.E.L.F.A.S.T. - Be Ever Loving, Faithful And Stay True.
  • N.O.R.W.I.C.H - (K)Nickers Off Ready When I Come Home.



I worked for them for a couple of years, in Glasgow, then Carlisle, so whereabouts were you?

I think being born and raised in Gorleston allows me to post this.


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