MILF recently burst into international news with the capture of a crashed American robotic spy plane. MILF, in this case, is the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a Muslim rebel group using terrorism to bring about an independent Islamic state in the Philippines. The group has the misfortune of making headlines that read like punch lines because of another MILF, the acronym for Mother I'd Like to [expletive redacted]. That MILF entered the vernacular with the movie "American Pie" and then was immortalized by a show within the Tina Fey sit-com "30 Rock"--the "Survivor"-esque "MILF Island," trumpeted as "Twenty MILFs, fifty eighth-grade boys, and no rules!"
As everyone knows the military loves acronyms. Too much in some cases, like Direct Input Limited Duty Officer, a college graduate commissioned by the Navy as Reserve Officer for the specific duty of teaching. The acronym: DILDO.
The entertainment industry, which ought to have a better handle on communication, includes the unions SAG (Screen Actors Guild), GAG (Graphics Artists Guild) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
The federal government at least deserves a tip of the hat for candor in its laughable acronyms, like Jimmy Carter's energy policy, the Moral Equivalent of War--MEOW--and, of course, the common abbreviation for the House of Representatives--HOR.
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