The eighties gave us the personal computer (PC). Or vice versa. And the nineties appropriated PC for something else. Something altogether the hell else. A forlorn lunacy, if you ask me -- hey, make that "pompous craziness."
From the beginning, the abbreviation PC seemed curiously
familiar to me. To figure out why, I turned my PC loose. And
my brain. You may not care, but here's the result.
Yet one more word-pair might be synthesized for the list: "preferred clinical," to which category "urination tournament" belongs (as a euphemism for an especially vulgar PC expression).
Then my brain scrounged up pancake, a word forbidden by
my mother. One among many (see lawyer).
Why she mandated "hotcake" in its place is still a mystery to me.
I always meant to ask. Perhaps it had something to do with "Pan-Cake"
the long-lost trade-mark for a brand of face-powder. Nice try, brain.
But no, my mother was merely a pioneer in political correctness (see person).
More than a decade has clicked by. The web is now festooned with collections of every imaginable description. Many are massive, exhaustive. There is this one, which features acronyms on demand. Type in "PC" and seconds later your screen will be slathered...
Pacific Commission, Pacific Corp, Pacific Crest, Pacing Count, Pack Charger, Package Coordinator, Packet Classifier, Packet Communication, Packing Company, Packing Crating, Page Cache, page center, Page Computing, Page Contact, Pain Center, Pain Conditions, Paint Chips, Paiste Cymbals, Palliative Care, Panama Canal, Panama City (Florida), Pancreatic Cancer (ugh), Paper Corporation, Parallel Computer, Paramyotonia Congenita, parenchymal cells, Parental Control, Parents Choice, Pareto Chart, Paris Cedex, Paris Click, Parish Center, Parish Council (England), Park Center, Park Chicago, Parks Canada, Parsec, Partial Color, Partial Conversion, Partial Correlation, Partial-Comply, Partition Coefficient, partition coefficients, partly cloudy, Partner Communications, Parts and Components, Parts Cables, Parts Compaq, Parts Components, Party Chief, Parvus Corporation, PassPort Control, Passenger Car, Password Company, password crackers, Patch Cord, Path Control, Patient Condition, Patrol Craft, Paul Colman, Paul Conti, Paulo Cesar, Payload Commander, Payment Center, Payment Check, Pepsi Cola, Peace Commissioner, Peace Corps, Peaches & Cream, Pediatric Cardiology, Peer Counselor, Peg Count, Pelvic Contractions, Pen Computing, Penal Code, Penalties Committed (soccer), Pencil Crayon, penicillin, Penn Central, Pentium Celeron, Pentium Centrino, Pentium class, People's Court, People Choice, Per Capita, Peripheral Control, Peripheral Controller, Peripheral Components, Personal Care, Personal Carer, Personal Copy, Personal Code, Personal Computer, Personal Consulting, Personal Contact, Personnel Carrier, Personnel Center, Personnel Code, Perspective Community, Petty Cash, Pharmaceuticals Corp, Phase Change, Phase Control, pheochromocytoma, Philco Corporation, Phoenix College, Phone Call, Phone Cards, Phone Centre, Phone Challenge, Phone Codes, Phone Connections, Phone Cord, Phosphatidylcholine, Phosphocreatin, phosphocholine, phosphorylcholine, Photo-Conductive, Photograph 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Commander, Power Compare, Power Computer, Power Computing, Power Consumption, Power Contacts, Power Control, Power Converter, Practical Components, Practical Course, Prague Czech, Prayer Corner, Precast Concrete, preconditioned, Predicate Calculus (logic), Prediction Center, Preferred Carrier, Pregnancy Calendar, Prerequisite Course, Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian College, President and Chief, Presidential Classroom, Press Cambridge, Press Check, Press Clips, Press Conference, Press Coverage, Press Ctrl, Pressure Calibrator, Pressure Compensating, Pressure Controller, Pressure Cooker, Prestressed Concrete, Pretty Cool, Prevent Child, Prevention Control, Prevention Coordinator, Previous Channel, Price Change, Price Check, Price ChoPPer, Prices Current, Prices for Computer, Primary Care, Primary Caregiver, Primary Center, Primary Contact, Primary Conveyor, Prime Contract, Prime Contractor, Prince Charming, Prince Consort, Principal Component, Principal Consultant, Principals Committee, Principia College, Print Cartridges, Printable Catalog, Printer Cartridges, Printer Color, Printing Capabilities, Prior Certification, Prisoner in Custody, Privacy Council, Private Citizen, Private Communication, Private Contractor, Privatisation Commission, Privy Council, Pro Centum, Pro Chipset, Pro Compaq, Pro Course, pro cracks, Propagation Committee, ProPagation Criterion, ProProtein Convertase, Probabilistic Computing, Probable Cause, Problems Computer, Proceed with Checkout, Process Capability, Process Cluster, Process Code, Process Computer, Process Containment, Process Control, Process Controller, Process Cost, Processing Command, Processor Cache, Processor Core, Processors Celeron, procollagen, Procurement Clerk, Producers Conference, Product Call, Product Capacity, Product Catalog, Product Category, Product Centers, Product Code, Product Computers, Production Certificate, Production Contractor, Production Control, Production Controller, Production Coordinator, Productivity Commission, Products Cameras, Products Car, Products Catalogue, Products Compare, Products Computers, Products in Categories, Products The Complete, Professional Center, Professional ComPuter, Professional Consultants, Professional Counselor, Professional Custom, Profile Class, Profile Connection, Profit Centre, Program California, Program Call, Program Chair, Program Chip, Program Code, Program Comprehension, Program Control, Program Coordinator, Program Council, Program Counter, program cracking, Programmable call, Programmable Controller, Programmable Controls, Programme Committee, Programming Control, Programming Custom, Program Course, Progress Check, Progressive Coalition, Project Code, Project Committee, Project Control, Project Coordinator, proportional counter, propylene carbonate, Prosecutions, prostate cancer (ugh), Protection Class (insurance), Protection Color, Protection Compare, Protective Custody, Protocol Control, Protocol Council, Provisional Cost, Proximate Cause, Psi Chi, Psychiatrisch Centrum (Dutch), Psychological Conditions, Psychrometic Chart, Public Catalogue, Public Citizen, Public Companies, Public Convenience (UK), Publications Current, Publishing Computers, Publishing Conference, Pulse Compression, Pulse Command, Pulverized Coal, Pump Controller, Punting Center, Purchase Contract, Purchasing Card, Pussy Cat, Putnam County, Putter Cover, and Pyruvate Carboxylase.