Words I Realized: Sloygrin

sloygrin [sloi-grin] – a forced and/or questionable acronym

Sloygrins come in various forms, the most common of which include unintentional dirty words (see above) and obviously forced, borderline desperate arrangements of words specifically chosen to create the illusion of a legitimate acronym when an acronym isn’t really necessary, like so:  Organization of Asian American Sisters in Service (OAASIS).  (My sincerest apologies to the lovely, vibrant, attractive ladies of OAASIS.)  Don’t get me wrong… I can get into a perfectly appropriate acronym, like Washington Heights Immersion Program (WHIP), or even a charmingly silly acronym, like P&S Outdoor Orientation Program (P-SOOP).  But generally, let’s try to be sparing with our use of this literary device, okay society?

Humphrey’s business partner, Guillermo, had to veto the very obvious sloygrin that he had come up with for their shrimping business – Guillermo and Humphrey’s Outstanding Shrimp Trappers – Particularly for the Eastern and Northern United States (GHOST-PENUS).

Wait, sloygrin?? I don’t get it… Can you explain?


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