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Re: when acronyms mean nothing


From: Terence de Giere
Date: Jun 29, 2002 9:32AM

At one time the term MBNA meant (I think) "Maryland Bank, National
Association", but now it doesn't mean that. The company is "MBNA
National Bank". CNBC is similar. Radio and television stations maybe
had a choice in the early days, but basically radio transmissioncall
letters don't have a deliberate correlation with anything. However one
can provide some additional information to the users. CNBC is a cable
television station, part of the Microsoft Network (MSN) and is owned by
Microsoft. It is hard to tell just what sort of entity it is. If you
type in http://www.cnbc.com/ there is a redirect to

MSN Website Terms of Use and Notices

Last Updated: June 2002


The MSN Web Site is made up of various Web sites and Web pages operated
by the Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Washington
98052 or its affiliates (collectively, the "MSN Web Sites"). This Terms
of Use and Notices applies to the MSN Web Site and does not apply to the
content of third parties.

Perhaps we could use "CNBC TV, a Microsoft cable tel