Last night Mr Bonkers and I were having one of our disputes over who owns Charlie, our cat. These regularly arise following any kind of misdemeanour committed by the cat, in this case vicious leg kicks to my hand as I tried to administer her ear drops. "Look what your cat has done!" I yelped, startled by the sharp pain of her frantic clawing. Later, once I had calmed down and dabbed some TCP on the scratches, for some reason we got to wondering about whether the cat was listed in her vet's record book as belonging to one or other of us.
The cat's entry clearly showed that she was mine, registered at my former address. But suddenly my eye strayed to the topline information about her:
Date of Birth: 1995
Breed: DSH??? DSH can mean one and only one thing to me, namely DAWN SPENCER HURWITZ Perfumes, the niche label with a bias towards natural ingredients based in Colorado. So what on earth did DSH mean in the context of a veterinary record? And then the penny dropped......DOMESTIC SHORT HAIR....
I laughed and laughed at the incongruity of this alternative version of the acronym, and it wasn't long before I started to think of other abbreviations of perfume house names that had very different "mainstream" meanings.
So here we go - it was harder than I thought, and I am still stumped with lots of them, also the two character ones don't offer such rich pickings. Please feel free to chip in with your suggestions.
Maitre Parfumeur & Gantier (MPG) - Miles Per Gallon
Strange Invisible Perfumes (SIP) - Self Invested Pension
Etat Libre d'Orange (ELO) - Electric Light Orchestra
Parfumerie Generale (PG) - Parental Guidance
Serge Lutens (SL) - Service Level / Second Life (the game)
Ormonde Jayne (OJ) - Orange Juice / "OJ" (Simpson)
Frederic Malle (FM) - FM (radio wavelength)
Keiko Mecheri (KM) - KM (kilometre!)
Lorenzo Villoresi (LV) - Loan to Value (slight cheat!)
Black Phoenix Academy Lab (BPAL) - very, but not quite BOPAL in India (not an acronym, admittedly, but I reserve the right to make up the rules as I go along!)
Estee Lauder Private Collection (ELPC) - Entry Level People Carrier (okay, okay, I know I am getting silly now...)
Parfums MDCI (don't know what the MDCI stands for!) - Management Development Centre International (first outright cheat through googling - this is a centre of postgraduate learning in the Gulf, apparently).
Any more for any more?