10 acronyms only S’poreans can come up with
SALA - Singaporeans Always Love Acronyms
In a country where acronyms rule, the latest abbreviation takes the cake.
A professional mediation organisation, Singapore International Mediation Institute – or rather unfortunately SIMI (hokkien for what) – opened on Nov. 5, 2014. People can consult SIMI on matters regarding mediation. We propose they call themselves Singapore International Mediation Institute Dealing Against Incredibly Judgemental Idiots or SIMI DAIJI.
Before you go SMLJ, here are 10 other abbreviations only Singaporeans can come up with.
1. The forced one
MATADOR – Man-portable Anti-Tank, Anti-DOoR
Someone must have been pointed at with the MATADOR during the weapon’s naming process. Otherwise, how do you explain this?
2. The morale booster
ASPIRE -Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review
Trying to convince the masses that a degree isn’t the key to success in Singapore? The acronym must conjure up some hope then.
3. The unpronounceable
iFWLB – Internet Foreign Worker Levy Billing system
The Ministry of Manpower might have the answer to why this system is shortened.
4. The absolutely no link one
APPLES – Application for Passport On-line Electronic System
Sounds like a partnership between Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and Health Promotion Board. An apple a day keeps the passport extended?
5. The painful obvious one
e-XTEND – Extension of Short Term Visit Pass
Shouldn’t it be ESTVP? Well, at least it’s obvious.
6. The paying-tax-is-such-a-breeze acronym
EASY – e-Services Authorisation System
Remember to file tax for your organisation. It is EASY. Come to think about it, IRAS will never use EVADE or SIAM.
7. The acronym that made people think of a name to fit into it
SPUR -Skills Programme for Upgrading and Resilience
Sometimes it’s easier to think of the acronym first. It’s like buying a frame first before you develop the photograph.
8. The whacked one
LUP – Lift Upgrading Programe
LUP, hokkien for whack, is a must for the Housing Development Board. If not, sure LUP by netizens.
9. The sinner
SIN – Singapore
Well, someone is angry.
10. The Do you know?
SPRING Singapore -Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board
Now you know.