foreign upstarts dare to use their own languages [was: Re: black hat .cn networks]

Kevin Oberman oberman at
Wed May 9 23:44:40 UTC 2001

> Date: 9 May 2001 14:37:48 -0700
> From: Sean Donelan <sean at>
> Sender: owner-nanog at
> CCITT, and of course the favorite ISO, International Organization for
> Standardization.

And just what does ISO stand for?

Actually, ISO is not a real acronym. It's a synthetic TLA because the
French demanded that the official acronym reflect the French name of
the body (ala CCITT) while the English got annoyed that EVERY
international body has to have the official name in French  and
refused. The compromise (Henry Clay would have been proud) was to use
three letters that appear in the name in both French and English in an
order that did not reflect either the French or English name.

R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
E-mail: oberman at			Phone: +1 510 486-8634

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