Wednesday, 10 June 2009

OLAs - Official Latest Additions


[This summary post last updated 17.v.16]

The best place to leave your suggestions for new TLAs is in the comments to this post.

EIT (CIA dodginess)
LKP (missing aircraft)
PNG (immigration)
PSE (porn meets education)
DMT (drugs)
SAF (football) LOL (Lesbianism)
PDA (Heat mag)
COP (The Beats)
ESM (Europe)
NFC (tech)
HMD (bankers' desperation)
FTM (soccer)
KBO (an attitude to life)
GID (medical)
OBE (facial hair)
MIC & AVB (Chelsea)
EMH (economics, finance)
EBA (Eurozone crisis Nov 2011)
POC (interactive media)
NTC (Libya)
DSK (IMF dodgy geezer)
SCG, MCG (cricket)
WFT, WIT (flexible working)
FBI (female bodies)
KoT (youth)
FPM, CPM (bad language)
WRU, FAW (Welsh sport)
CDA (Francais)
DUI (Mel Gibson)
LOL (Northern Irish politics ...and love)
VBM (property development)
OBR, NHT, IFS (UK politics)
ICO, DPA, DPO (data protection)
2IC (military)
TFP (photography/modelling)
WHL, MoS, RSA (football)
BFD (urban argot)
MBW (friend of Banksy)
ADT (The Beatles)
NIB (journalism/press)
FGM (barbarism)
MNU (District 9)
PBR, IDS, DWP (UK politics)
FAG (Team America)
TLV, EMP, REG, OCR (Dan Brown)
POD (geek speak)
TAS (from the mouth of Jack Nicholson)
ATM (a multifaceted one)
HWC (football again)
FIA + FFF (football & cheating)
CPH (to mark CPH:DOX film festival)
AIC (music)
NCM (relationships)
GDD (video games design)
FLK - courtesy of Dr Dawn Harper of Embarrassing Bodies
HABs - football
SCD (TV)
GSI (Scotland)
TOS (impolite)
RTG + OIC - from The Wire
G4P - stems from Antony Gormley's One & Other
QBM - 80s haircut
PIC - from Role Models movie
TYM - a break-through in Alzheimer's, improves screening from 50% to over 90%

Neologisms

As well as being on the look out for new TLAs, I'm also starting to collect Neologisms (newly coined words and phrases) which I'm dumping here (again, any you can add to the pot would be gratefully received):

floordrobe - a bedroom floor where you chuck your clothes

freemale - an independent, modern woman who is happier living a fulfilling single life than actively pursuing romantic relationships

pharming - creating drugs using plants

Neverendum = the 2014 Scottish referendum
Nonsultation = a hollow 'consultation'

wavey = drunk = good
bump = rip off

belfie = a selfie of your bottom
welfie = a work-out selfie
drelfie = a drunken selfie

starchitect = world renowned architect

pregacy = impact of an initiative even before the event (e.g. effects of Commonwealth Games on Glasgow before the event)
predrinks = getting your evening off to a flying start with alcohol round at someone's place

wofty = a waste of fucking time (person) [estate agency]

himbo = a dumb good looking man

YOLO (vb.) = You Only Live Once as in 'he didn't YOLO it' - he didn't go wild

deer hoof = a very obvious camel toe

la-la / hoo-ha = vagina

Grexit = the probable exit of Greece from the Euro (May 2012) - Dramchmageddon = the probable exit of Greece from the Euro (June 2012)
Brexit = the possible exit of the UK from the EU (2016) [it happened today FFS! 24/6/16]
Frexit = the possible exit of France from the EU (24/6/16)

al desko = [eating] at your desk at work

clicktivism = online activism (see Slacktivism below)

sans sausage = female

meatspace
= the real/off-line world

merch = merchandise (especially at music gigs)

zenployment = fulfilling work, even if the pay's not as good as you may be used to

Riot Wombles = volunteers who help clear up their neighbourhood after rioting/looting (9.viii.11)

Schadenfreudgasm = more 'joy in destruction' than you can handle - courtesy of John Oliver on Jon Stewart

Gliberal = comfortable people's style of being liberal

Ledge veg = food grown on windowsill or balcony

Slacktivism = online activism with no personal effort or real commitment

Hobby bobby - community support officer (William Boyd, Ordinary Thunderstorms)

Crash for cash - insurance scam involving ramming people's car rear ends

Hackney tax - theft of bike {courtesy of Alfie Dennen}

Floordrobe - where teenagers leave their clothes

Tanorexic - obsessed with having a sun tan

Autocutie - a sexy newsreader

Halfologue - one side of a conversation like when you overhear a mobile phonecall on the train

A Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment - as in WTF = What the Fuck?!

Subvertiser - a remixer of advertisements {courtesy of Clifford Singer, creator of MyDavidCameron.com and Big Art Project}

Screenager - the generation addicted to web and games

Miaow Miaow - mephedrone, a legal high (for now at least)

Security theatre - giving the appearance of carrying out proper security checks {courtesy of Roger Graef, Films of Record}

Bromance - the development of a deep friendship between two buddies (came across several times in reviews of Judd Apatow's Funny People)

Frenemy - a so-called friend who is not genuinely on your side

Staycation - a vacation that is spent at one's home enjoying all that home and one's home environs have to offer AKA Holistay

Go To player - the player you have to get the ball to for success (Matt Dawson referring to the magnificent BOD [Brian O'Driscoll] (24.vi.09 Radio 4)

Flipping - changing the designation of your primary home for fraudulent purposes

Polypill - cocktail of 5 non-patent drugs to counter heart disease (30/31.3.09 reporting of article in medical journal)

Virtual reality financial products - the labyrinthine 'products' that brought about the Credit Crunch (31.3.09 Rowan Williams on BBC Radio 4)

to preg up - to get pregnant (Jen Topping's friend who loves One Born Every Minute)


Picture credit:
FAS at SFU (Faculty of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University, Canada)

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

A B C D E


A

ABT = American Ballet Theatre (Michelle Obama's favourite arts organisation - if she had Irish antecedents like her husband she could be MOB)
ACE
= American Cinema Editors
= Arts Council England
ACR = A Certain Ratio
ACU = Army Combat Uniform - the current battle uniforms worn by the United States Army
ADA = Assistant District Attorney {Richard Price, Lush Life}
ADF = Automatic Direction Finder (aviation) {Judas Country, Gavin Lyall}
ADT = Automatic Double Tracking (a recording technique much used in The Beatles later work, makes instruments and vocals wobble)
AIB = Association for International Broadcasting
AIC = Alice in Chains (band from Seattle) {courtesy of Topfife}
ALW = Adult Learners' Week
AMD = age-related macular degeneration {Embarrassing Bodies}
AMR = Autonomous Machine Reasoning (artificial intelligence aka AI) {The Fear Index by Robert Harris}
AOE = Age of Extremes (a RiceNPeas film directed by Ishmahil Blagrove)
AOR = Album / Adult Oriented Rock
ASC = American Society of Cinematographers
ASM = Assistant Stage Manager {courtesy of Moblogger OJ and the BBC}
AFK = Away From Keyboard {courtesy of Moblogger Puddlepuff}
AFP = Advertiser Funded Programming
ACL = Anterior Cruciate Ligament (which footballers damage just when they are most needed) {courtesy of Paul Chappel}
ATF = Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms {Michael Connelly}
ATL = Above the Line (advertising) {courtesy of Simon Hankin, Holler}
ATV
= Automated Transfer Vehicle [launched by the ESA (= European Space Agency) in March 08 bound for the ISS (International Space Station)]
= All-terrain Vehicle {Michael Connelly}
= Appointment to View {courtesy of Hideous Productions}
ADP = Automatic Data Processing
ASD = Autistic Spectrum Disorder {courtesy of Siren's Cry}
AVB = André Villas-Boas, the hapless Chelsea manager
AWS = Amazon Web Services (see 4iP)
APB = All Points Bulletin
APC = Armoured Personnel Carrier {courtesy of a script by Peter Kosminsky}
API
= Compulsory Advance Passenger Information for the Spanish authorities (required if you are flying from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland or Morocco to Spain) {courtesy of Ryanscrewthemforeverypennyair}
= Application Programming Interface
APP = Assessing Pupil Progress (another educational assessment initiative)
ARP = Air Raid Precautions
ASU = Arab Socialist Union
AIG - American International Group
AET = After Extra Time (in sad rememberance of Carling Cup Final 1st March 09 in which Spurs lost on penalties AET)
ATA = Added to Agenda {courtesy of PGS}
ATM
= Airtime Management (Channel 4)
= Automatic Teller Machine AKA Hole in the wall (banking)
= Army Training Memorandum {Evelyn Waugh, Men at Arms}
= At the moment {courtesy of Alfie}
ATP = Adenosine Triphosphate (in cellular respiration)
AUB = American University in Beirut
AUM = Assets Under Management
AFM = American Film Market
ACR = A Certain Ratio (Factory Records band as seen in 24 Hour Party People)
AYM = Angry Young Man cf BYM

B

BAS = British Art Show
BBM = Blackberry Messenger
BBQ = barbecue
BDA = Big Dumb Advertisers / Big Dumb Agencies
BDM = Bund Deutscher Madel - League of German Girls - Hitler Youth for the girls
BEE = Brett Easton Ellis, author of LTZ
BEF = British Expeditionary Force (WW2)
BET = Black Entertainment Television {Thomas Chatterton Williams - Losing My Cool}
BIP
= British International Pictures (based at Elstree - Hitchcock worked there)
= Brand Information Page (Channel 4 templated microsite)
BIS = Dept. for Business Innovation & Skills (aka Mandelsonia)
BMI = British Midland International soon to be swallowed by IAG
BNC = Bayonet Nut Connector ("y’know, the locking connectors like what you use to join co-ax together") {courtesy of Mat}
BPB = Brighton Photo Biennial
BFD = Big Fucking Deal
BFF = Best Friend Forever {courtesy of Lisa Devaney}
BOF = Beurre Oeufs Fromage [a blackmarketeer in wartime occupied France - read in Murder in the Marais by Carla Black]
BBC = Bucks Boarding Centre {sticker on the tube today 11.1.08}
BAA
= British Animation Awards {4mations}
= British Airports Authority
= Bibliotheque d'Art et d'Archeologie (Geneva) which includes the CdE = Cabinet des Estampes
= Bachelor of Applied Arts {Simon Mayo & Mark Kermode's film review}
BRB = be right back
BTL = Bedtime Live
BTP = British Transport Police
BTS = Behind The Scenes {courtesy of Morgan Clark}
BOA = British Olympics Association (to mark this first day of the 2008 Beijing Olympics 08/08/08 )
BEA = British European Airways (BBC Radio 4 1968 Day-by-Day)
BGT = Britain's Got Talent
BoE = Bank of England (to mark the credit crunch meltdown)
BBW = big breasted woman
BYM = Bright Young Woman cf AYM {1960s tabloid among Joan Littlewood's archive}
BYO = bring your own bottle
BIP = Brand Information Page (channel4.com jargon)
BOD = Brian O'Driscoll (in commemoration of Ireland-England 6 Nations international at Croke Park at which BOD scored a telling try and drop goal 28th Feb 09, watched at McKevitt's in Carlingford)
BMC = British Motor Corporation (responsible for creating the Mini whose 50th anniversary was this month Aug 09)
BME
= British Music Experience (launched 3.3.09 by Harvey Goldsmith at the old Millennium Dome)
= Black and Minority Ethnic
BPD = Baltimore Police Department (The Wire)
BPG = Broadcasting Press Guild
BFC = Britain's Forgotten Children, forthcoming season on Channel 4 starting 9.v.09 - not to be confused with BFG = Big Friendly Giant (Roald Dahl) {courtesy of Jodie Morris} or KFC = Kentucky Fried Chicken
BRB = be right back
BSG = Broadband Stakeholders' Group (which I helped establish in 2000)
BSD = Bullshit Detector {courtesy of The Clash - and me}
BSL = British Sign Language {courtesy of OAD Alex Horstmann}

C


C4C = Channel 4 Corporation (Digital Britain report)
CAA = Civil Aviation Authority (making a call on the ash cloud 5.10)
CAR = Centre for Appearance Research at UWE (= University of the West of England)
CAS
= the Contemporary Art Society (A Crisis of Brilliance, David Haycock)
= the Careers Advice Service
CAT = Computed Axial Tomography (scanning/radiographic technology)
CBO = Cleared By Other Means {Michael Connelly}
CBS = Columbia Broadcasting System
CCC
= Cork County Council
= Clapham Community Centre (The London Pigeon Wars, Patrick Neate)
CCE
= Central and Eastern Europe (international TV sales territory)
= Creative & Cultural Education
CCJ
= County Court Judgement [Channel 4 Dispatches 3/14]
= Council of Christians & Jews
CDA = Celles des autres - Other people's ciggies in France "Moi je fume des CDA, ce sont les meilleurs" {courtesy of Marcelino Truong}
CDW = Collision Damage Waiver (car hire)
CEG = the Consumer Expert Group
CFC
controlled foreign companies
chlorofluorocarbon
CFP = Common Fisheries Policy - see its madness at FishFight.net
CGT = capital gains tax (commonly avoided through 'flipping' - see Neologisms)
CHP = combined heat and power [energy industry]
CID = Criminal Investigation Division {Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds}
CiL = Cover It Live (software)
CLG = Communities and Local Government
CLN = National Liberation Committee (Italy, 1945)
CMF = Canada Media Fund
CMN = Contemporary Music Network {Arts Council = ACE}
CMS = Content Management System
COI = Coordinator of Information (whose office was precursor of CIA) CRR = Contract Rights Renewal (ITV)
CRT = Chemical Response Team {24 season 5}, desperately needed at CTU = Counter-terrorism Unit
CTA = Call to action {courtesy of Adam Preloaded}
CSF = Customer Says Faulty {East Finchley Library - DVDs or CDs}
CSF = Comic Sans FTypingerror / Cerebro-Spinal Fluid {courtesy of Mobloggers Seaneeboy and Hildegard}
CSO = 'a compression method for the ISO image format. It is used to compress dumped PSP (PlayStation Portable) UMD games, and is an alternative to the DAX compression method.' So still no idea what it stands for but that's a good run of TLAs by any standards.
CSR
= Comprehensive Spending Review (to mark the Tory axe-wielding of 20 Oct 2010)
= Corporate Social Responsibility
CSU = Crime Scene Unit {The Killing}
CPF= Close Personal Friend {Mojo - used with irony i.e. celebs/musos you don't really know properly but pretend you do}
CPH = Copenhagen [to mark my visit to CPH:DOX documentary film festival, Nov 09]
CPR = Courtesy Professionalism Respect {NYPD}
CPZ = Controlled Parking Zone, a means for local councils to extort money from their residents and visitors
CDO = Collateralized Debt Obligations [what made Goldman Sachs even richer this year - i.e. dumping them]
COD = Call of Duty (game)
CBT
= Cognitive Behaviourial Therapy
= Computer-based Training (so if you do an online course you could find yourself doing CBT CBT)
= Cock and Ball Torture {Men Women & Children - Chad Kultgen}
CSF = Cheltenham Science Festival (where we recently filmed Richard Dawkins speaking on Charles Darwin)
COP = Committee on Poetry (a non-profit set up by Allen Ginsberg to fight the Man in his courts, predominantly over freedom of speech)
CPO = Chief Petty Officer
CPM
= Cost Per Thousand
= Cunts per minute (film/tv curse count) {courtesy of The Word podcast}
CPU = Central Processing Unit
CRT = Cathode Ray Tube (which provided digital storage for The Baby, the world's first stored-program computer, made in Manchester in 1948)
CIM = Come in Mouth
CPD = (Continuing Professional Development) + Compulsive Price Disclosure [as in 'Oh this top, £5 from Primark' or 'these shoes, £20 in the sale'] {courtesy of Technokitten, she's outdone herself}
CDN = Content Delivery Network {courtesy of Mint Digital} + Cultural Diversity Network
CWU = Communication Workers Union (arch-enemy of Royal Mail)
CYA = Cover Your Arse {courtesy of Andy Parker, Channel 4}

D

DAD = Die Another Day (movie)
DBC = Distressed British Citizen {Eric Ambler, Uncommon Danger}
DEF = Deutsche Emailwarenfabrik - Oskar Schindler's factory in Krakow in which he saved 1,200 people from the Nazis
DCC = Dublin City Council
DHL = DH Lawrence
DLD = Dead-Letter Box {A Colder War, Charles Cumming}
DLC = Downloadable Content {courtesy of Jen Topping}
DMP = Dublin Metropolitan Police {On Canaan's Side, Sebastian Barry}
DMR = Dexy's Midnight Runners
DMT = Dimethyltryptamine (Paterfamilias - Jane Kramer)
DNB = (Oxford) Dictionary of National Biography
DNF = Did Not Finish (running race)
DoD = Department of Defense (US) (Audrey worked for them in 24, season 5)
DOF = Depth of Field {courtesy of Picture This}
DOG = Digital On-screen Graphic [those watermarky things on the corner of on-line video and digital tv channels]
DoS = Denial of Service (attack on web service)
DPS = Double page spread {courtesy of Claire Badhams, Holler}
DTO = Download to Own {courtesy of Gareth RDF} aka EST = Electronic Sell-Through
DIC
= Dubai International Capital [who want to dic about with Liverpool FC]
= Death is Coming [medical term]
= Detective in Charge {Kevin Smith, film director}
DSK = Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ex-boss of IMF = International Monetary Fund
DSS = Dinosaur Space Service [Astrosaurs]
Dgl = Donegal {courtesy of Maura Logue of Ballyshannon}
D2T = Direct to Tribe ["marketingspeak - not 1 to 1, not 1 to many, but 1 to some"] {courtesy of Technokitten}
DCD = Digital Cinema Distribution {courtesy of UK Media Desk}
DRC = "(not so) Democratic Republic of Congo" {courtesy of Practical Psychologist}
DSA = Daily Supplementary Allowance
DPA = Data Protection Act
DPO = Data Protection Officer
DFI = Different Fucking Idea (production crew codeword on TV shoots) {courtesy of Sarah Mulvey, Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, Channel 4}
DIY = Don't Involve Yourself (Roy on The Archers 28Nov08 )
DFP = Documentary Film Program (1/09 the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation and Sundance Film Festival announced a new partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program to take the innovative documentary pitching forum, the Good Pitch, on the road in North America)
DHC = Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning (BNW = Brave New World - Aldous Huxley)
DHS = Department of Homeland Security
DUI = Driving Under the Influence e.g. Mel Gibson
DVD = Digital Versatile Disc
DWP = Department of Work and Pensions

E

EAP = Employee Assistance Programme
EBA = European Banking Authority
ECS = electronic communications service
ELP
= East London Printmakers
= Emerson Lake & Palmer
The E.N.D. = The Energy Never Dies (by Black Eyed Peas) {courtesy of Noah}
EOF = End Of File {courtesy of Mat}
EDM = Early Day Motion
EDP = Education Projects {Pirate, heart of the Kafkaesque bureaucracy of Channel 4 commissioning}
EFM = East Finchley Methodist
EHD = Extravascular Disorder (Philip Kerr, The Second Angel)
EiA = Entrepreneurs in Action (Derek Browne's company)
EIA = Environmental Impact Assessment
EIT = Enhanced interrogation techniques (as used by CIA)
ELM = Elaboration Likelihood Model (advertising)
EMH = The Efficient Market Hypothesis {The Fear Index, Robert Harris}
EMP = Electro-magnetic Pulse {The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown; GI Joe comic with Dyl, Paris 14.vii.12}
EAB = Education Advisory Board {courtesy of Channel 4 Education - some lovely peeps involved}
ETB = Embarrassing Teenage Bodies
EPC - Elasto Plastic Concrete {courtesy of Practical Psychologist}
ECM = Editions of Contemporary Music + Every Child Matters
ECB = England & Wales Cricket Board (Wales doesn't get its dubya) + European Central Bank
ESM = European Stability Mechanism (launched 8 Oct 2012 to help save Europe)
ESO = European Southern Observatory
ECT = Eastern Caribbean Time
EST = Eastern Standard Time
EVF = Electronic Viewfinder
EYA = Emerging Young Artists

F G H I


F

FAD = Fish Aggregation Device - see Hugh's Fish Fight / www.fishfight.net
FAG = Film Actors Guild (Team America)
FAI = Football Association of Ireland
FAS = Funeral Arbitration Scheme
FAW = Football Association of Wales
FBE = Foundation for the Built Environment - Prince Charles's outfit that opposes architecture like Richard Roger's plans for Chelsea Barracks
FBI = Female Body Inspector (The Other Guys)
FCO = Foreign & Commonwealth Office
FCP = Final Cut Pro
FDA = Food & Drug Administration
FECs = Foreign Exchange Coupons (Berlin 1940s/50s) {The One from The Other} FFF = Fédération Française de Football - the friggin feckin fuckers who cheated the FAI out of their place at the World Cup finals 2010 (Nov 2009)
FFS = for fuck’s sake
FGM = Female genital mutilation
FoI = Freedom of Information
FLO = Family Liaison Officer
FOB = Forward Operating Base {Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds}
FOC
= Friends of Carlotta
= Father of the Chapel (Trade Union)
FOL = Fuck Our Lives
FOP = Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva - a condition where your body slowly freezes/hardens
FML = Fuck My Life not to be confused with FME = FremantleMedia Enterprises
FMV = Full motion video {courtesy of Alice Taylor}
FDR = Franklin Delano Roosevelt
FEP = Future England Player {courtesy of practicalpsychologist}
FHS = Fairley House School
FLK = Funny Looking Kid (doctors' notes term) {courtesy of Dr Dawn Harper of Embarrassing Bodies}
FPM = Fucks per minute (film/tv curse count) cf CPM {courtesy of The Word podcast}
FRO = fuck right off (as in “I’m going to FRO now” rather than as a term of abuse - courtesy of Cowbite)
FSA = Free Syrian Army
FTM = Fuck the Mags [Grayson Perry encounters it in In the Best Possible Taste - working class]
FTW = For The Win (geeks, courtesy of Mike Butcher, TechCrunch) + Fuck The World (bikers) + Forever Two Wheels (motorcycle enthusiasts)
FPA = Funeral Planning Authority
FSA
= Football Supporters' Assocation
= Financial Services Authority
= Food Standards Agency
= Farm Security Administration {Greil Marcus, Like a Rolling Stone}

G

G4P = Gormley 4th Plinth {courtesy of Jiblite and the Antony Gormley Flickr Group}
G4S = the arsists formerly known as Group Four Security, poster boys of Private Sector Outsourcing (massive fail on London 2012 Olympics)
GAP = Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (Paterfamilias - Jane Kramer)
GBB = Gun Before Butter (Nicholas Freeling)
GHS = Gormley HimSelf
GLC
= Greater London Council
= Global Learning Commons {Open, David Price}
GNH = Gross National Happiness
GSM = Global System for Mobile communications {courtesy of Alfie Dennen}
GED = Gand Enforcement Detail {Michael Connelly}
GEH = Gormley Event Horizon {courtesy of Billy Liar}
GCT = Grand Central Terminal {courtesy of Bronx Elf}
GDD = Game Design Document (courtesy of Simon at Littleloud}
GHQ = General Headquarters
GIB = Government Investigation Bureau {Zac Power}
GID = Gender Identity Disorder
GTA
= Greater Toronto Area {encountered by chance in the Facebook Group 'Single Muslims looking for their Soulmate in the GTA'}
= Grand Theft Auto
GOK = God Only Knows [commonly used on doctors' notes - from The Guardian: Medical Shorthand 8.2.08]
GBS = George Bernard Shaw
GDC = Game Developers Conference
GFE = Girl Friend Experience
GBH = Grievous Bodily Harm + Godalming Borough Hall
GLF = Gay Liberation Front
GMR = Greater Manchester Radio
GNR = Guns N' Roses (also GN'R)
GPF = Global Protection Force (Jack Stalwart books by Elizabeth Singer Hunt, current favourite of Enfant Terrible #2 - see GIB)
GPS = global positioning system
GQT = Gardeners' Question Time - an oasis of peace on a Sunday afternoon
GSE = Grapefruit Seeds Extract {courtesy of Denise on Medicine Chest}
GSS = Google Site Search
GSI = Great Scottish Invention (one I've coined at the Edinburgh Festival 2009)
GTOs = Girls Together Outrageously = an acapella girl group from the Los Angeles area, specifically the Sunset Strip scene
GYO = Grow Your Own (came across thanks to my Landshare project with River Cottage)
GBF = Gay Best Friend ("every girl's gotta have one") {courtesy of Kate Quilton}

H

HABs = Husbands & Boyfriends - male equivalent of WAGs {Nicky Campbell discussing European Women's Soccer Championship on BBC Radio 5}
HBC = Helena Bonham Carter {courtesy of Mayo & Kermode}
HMG = His Majesty's Government (Evelyn Waugh, Scoop)
HRD = Human Resource Development {courtesy of Practical Psychologist}
HEI = Higher Education Institution
HFS = Holy Fucking Shit (synthetic drug in 21 Jump Street)
HoF = House of Fraser (as in "I'm nipping out to HOF") {courtesy of Alma Demirdzic & Lizzy Keene}
HLC = Hideous Lady's Cardigan {Nationwide TV ad}
HLF = Hadditon Literary Festival (Stephen Frear's Tamara Drewe - the HLF was shot in Muswell Hill Bookshop)
HMD = Hold My Dick {courtesy of Bob Diamond's daughter}
HMG = Her Majesty's Government
HMU = Hit Me Up {courtesy of @Tim / Tim Bradshaw via @technokitten}
HFR = Horseferry Road
HFW = High frequency words
HOE = Hierarchy of Effects (advertising)
HON = Health on the Net {courtesy of MedicineChest Ltd}HOO = Hazardous Offensive Operations (a status of an army unit) {Evelyn Waugh, Men at Arms}
HTH = hope that helps
HWC = Homeless World Cup {courtesy of Jan Bednarz at Buzz Films}

I

IAB = Internet Advertisers Bureau (trade association for internet marketeers)
IAG = International Airlines Group (BA + Iberia) - buying BMI in Nov 2011
IBC = International Broadcast Centre (London Olympics 2012)
IDF
= International Documentary Foundation (Prague)
= Israel Defense Forces
ILS = Instrument Landing System (aviation)
IPG = Independent Publishers Guild {Arts Council = ACE}
ISA = Israel State Archives
ISR = In-Situ Recovery (a method of extracting uranium) {courtesy of Adam James Gee of Uranium One in Australia}
ITB = Invitation to Bid {courtesy of the UN via Practical Psychologist}
ITT = Invitation to Tender {courtesy of Mike Flood Page of Illumina Digital}
ICT = (no, not the dull one but) Inverness Caledonian Thistle (the northerly football team)
IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome {Embarrassing Illnesses online, Maverick TV} - not to be confused with IDS = Iain Duncan Smith
IOC = International Olympics Committee [to mark the Olympics hand-over 24.8.08 ]
ICO = Information Commissioner's Office
ICU = Intensive Care Unit
IED = Improvised Explosive Device (heard in a recent news report about Afghanistan)
IEP = Individual Education Plan
ICE = US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (The Visitor)
ITT = Initial Teacher Training
IMC = Integrated Marketing Communications (advertising industry)
IMF= International Monetary Fund
= International Media and Film/Internationale Medien und Film GmbH {Slap Her She's French}
IMO
= International Maritime Organisation
= In My Opinion
INM = Independent News & Media (owner of the Independent and IoS = Independent on Sunday)
ISA = Intelligent Speed Adaptation (mooted technology for limiting car speeds, in the news 12.08)
ISB = Incredible String Band {Some People Are Crazy, John Munro}
IRD = Information Research Dept. (Foreign Office) {Sweet Tooth}
IRG = Iranian Revolutionary Guards {Michael Connelly}
IRL
= In Real Life {courtesy of Mike Butcher of Techcrunch}
= Indy Racing League
= Ireland
IoM = Isle of Man (George Best Airport, Belfast)
ICC
= International Criminal Court (who yesterday 3.3.09 issued a warrant for the arrest of Omar al Bashir, President of Sudan who then withdrew the licences to operate of various NGOs in a new Waltz with Bashir)
= International Cricket Council
ITF = Indie Training Fund (where I spoke on Multiplatform interactive media yesterday 3.3.09 at the invitation of MFP [Mike Flood Page of Illumina Digital] but unfortunately my taxi arrived at ITF = International Transport Federation, so a real life example of the dangers inherent in TLAs)
IFB = the Irish Film Board aka Bord Scannan na hÉireann
IFS = Institute of Fiscal Studies (who told the 3 main parties in the UK general election that they had not detailed their planned spending cuts sufficiently for voters to make an informed judgment 27.4.10)
IRS = Internal Revenue Service
IOT = In Our Time (with Melvyn Bragg on BBC Radio 4)
IWM = Imperial War Museum
IZL = Irgun Zvai Le'umi