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RAS Syndrome Awareness

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.

-Gloria Kruczynski


3 thoughts on “RAS Syndrome Awareness

  1. People with RAS annoy me as well and I like the list you gave. My only complaint is KFC. KFC is a name of a fast food chain. Just because chicken is in the name does not mean saying something like “I want KFC” means “I want chicken.” It would just mean you want the store. So when it comes to chicken from KFC, I think you need to say “KFC chicken.” Otherwise, why don’t we say, I want Pizza Pizza when you want pizza from Pizza Pizza?

    Posted by Phil | June 20, 2010, 9:15 PM
  2. nice that this is tagged under boobs and miley cyrus haha

    Posted by Shalini | June 19, 2010, 9:12 AM
  3. This is a pet peeve of mine as well! I do however use ATM machine…

    Posted by stevemasse88 | June 15, 2010, 4:52 AM

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