You know what I absolutely despise? People with RAS syndrome.
Whoa, okay, that sounded a little arrogant of me, but please, let me explain. RAS syndrome stands for “redundant acronym syndrome” syndrome. Are you laughing yet? You should be. It refers to the redundant use of words that make up an acronym.
People with this syndrome are mostly found in North America, and are generally oblivious to their faults. The only cure to this horrible illness is to bring awareness to the general public by spreading the word – exactly the purpose of this blog entry.
Here are some common mistakes:
AC current Alternating Current current
ATM machine Automated Teller Machine machine
HIV virus Human Immunodeficiency Virus virus
LAN network Local Area Network network
LCD display Liquid Crystal Display display
PIN number Personal Identification Number number
UPC code Universal Product Code code
BBS system Bulletin Board System system
GIF format Graphic Interchange Format format
ISBN number International Standard Book Number number
KFC chicken Kentucky Fried Chicken chicken
RAM memory Random Access Memory memory
ROM memory Read Only Memory memory
SAT test Scholastic Assessment (Aptitude) Test test
If you or someone you know use more than two of them on a regular basis, then you should consider seeking professional help. Spread the message, be a hero – you CAN make a difference.