ORCA, the Organisation for Really Contrived Acronyms, has been dormant for many years. ORCA was created as a fun little side-project when I was a postdoc at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and was in the middle of a particularly productive spell of contrived acronym names for bioinformatics programs - many of them mine!
In the years since it has dwindled and ultimately disappeared when the old server hosting it perished. Recently, however, an acronym emailed to me by a friend reminded me of the old project and I did a little Google search for “organisation of really contrived acronyms”. The old site, long gone, was not found but there were three hits. One was a Facebook competition post by the Canadian Museum of Nature from March 2009:
Trivia Game—Whales Tohorā
What do the Oral Cancer Awareness Foundation, Ireland’s Organisation of Really Contrived Acronyms, and the Ontario Region Ceramic Association have in common?
This game is inspired by
at the Canadian Museum of Nature
March 2 – September 3, 2012
For some reason, this inspired me to resurrect the old beast! Acronyms to follow…