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Now updated for CSW19. New words, if any, and new inflections of existing words, are shown in red.

alnico(s) ALuminium, NIckel and CObalt: an alloy of iron, nickel, aluminium, cobalt and copper
amu Atomic Mass Unit.
arpa Address and Routing Parameter Area: an Internet top-level domain used exclusively for Internet-infrastructure purposes. It originates from Arpanet, originally developed by the US Advanced Research Projects Agency.
asdic Anti-Submarine Detection Investigation Committee: an early sonar
aspro in Australian slang, an ASsociate PROfessor
awol Absent WithOut Leave
bambi a Born Again Middle-aged BIker.
buppy buppie Black Urban Professional: a black yuppie.
codec COde and DECode: apparatus for coding and decoding signals
conelrad CONtrol of ELectromagnetic RADiation: a US emergency warning broadcast system in the event of attack
derv Diesel Engine Road Vehicle
elint ELectronic INTelligence: intelligence gathered by electronic means;
eniac Electronic Numerical Integrator And Calculator: an early American electronic computer:
fedex FEDeral EXpress: to air freight
figjam F--k I'm Good, Just Ask Me: (Australian slang) a very conceited person
flir Forward Looking Infrared Radar: an electronic heat sensor able to detect and display on a T.V-like screen a distant scene despite darkness, smoke etc used esp in military aircraft.
fubar foobar F--ked Up Beyond All Recognition
gestapo GEheime STAatsPOlizei: Secret State Police
gox Gaseous OXygen
gulag the system of political prisons and forced labour camps in the Soviet Union; camp for the detention of political prisoners: an acronym of the body administering the system: Glavnoe Upravlenie ispravitelnotrudovykh LAGerei.
jafa Just Another F---ing Aucklander
jato Jet-Assisted Take-Off
kreep potassium (Kalium), Rare Earth Elements, and Phosphorus: a basaltic lunar rock.
laser Light Amplification By Stimulated Emission of Radiation
loran LOng RANge navigation: a radio navigation system operating over long distances
magnox MAGnesium No OXidation: a type of container for nuclear reactors
milf a sexually attractive middle-aged woman (Mother I'd Like To Fuck)
mips Million Instructions Per Second: a measure of a computer's processing speed
mirv to equip a missile as a Multiple Independently-targeted Reentry Vehicle, i.e. with many nuclear warheads
modem MOdulate DEModulate: a device which converts digital data into analogue signals which can be sent over a telephone system. Also a verb
nairu Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment
navarho NAVigation Aid RHo (a navigation symbol for distance): a low-frequency long-range navigational system for aircraft
nicad a battery, usually rechargeable, with NIckel anode and CADmium cathode
nife NIckel FErrum (iron): the supposed material of Earth's core.
nimbyism from Nimby, a person willing to have something occur so long as it does not affect him or take place in his locality: 'Not In My Back Yard'
nox Nitrogen OXide.
oflag OFfiziersLAGer: a German prisoner-of-war camp for officers
omov One Man, One Vote: a voting system
perfin PERForated INitials: a stamp perforated with the initials of firms, to prevent theft by employees.
pomo POst-MOdernism
quango QUasi-Autonomous Non-GOvernmental organisation
radar RADio detection And Ranging
rato Rocket Assisted Take-Off
ronz the Rest Of New Zealand (i.e. other than Auckland)
ronzer someone from the Rest Of New Zealand (i.e. other than Auckland)
rurp Realized Ultimate Reality Piton: a very small hooklike piton used in mountaineering
saser Sound Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
scuba Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
shoran SHOrt RANge navigation: a short range radar system
sial sialic the lighter upper part of the earth's continental crust composed of rocks rich in SIlica and ALumina
sialon various ceramic materials consisting of SIlicon, ALuminium, Oxygen and Nitrogen
snafu Situation Normal: All F--ked Up: confusion or chaos regarded as the normal state
sonar SOund Navigation And Ranging: an underwater communication and position finding device
spif Stamp Perforated with the Initials of Firms, to prevent theft by employees.
spim SPam Instant Messaging: unsolicited commercial communications received on a computer via an instant messaging system
stalag STAmm LAGer: a base camp (for prisoners of war)
tacan an electric system of air navigation, from TACtical Air Navigation.
taser Thomas A Swift's Electric Rifle: a small gun-like device which fires electrified barbs, used to stun.
teleran Television Radar Air Navigation: an air-traffic control system, in which ground based radar screen is televised to pilots.
tokamak tokomak a toroidal device used in fusion, from toroidalnaya kamera s magnitym
twoccer twoccing twocker twocking Taking Without Owner's Consent: a technical name for the offence of stealing a car
ufo Unidentified Flying Object, such as a flying saucer
vatable vatman Value-Added Tax
voip a system for converting analogue signals to digital so that the telephone calls may be made over the internet, from Voice Over Internet Protocol.
waac member of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps
wof Waste Of Flesh: (Australian slang) fool, idiot
woopie a Well-Off Older Person
wysiwyg What you see is what you get.
yaba Yet Another Bloody Acronym. Yes, that is really what it means.
yag Yttrium Aluminium Garnet: an artificial garnet
yuppy yuppie Young Urban (or Upwardly-mobile) Professional