CAFE Society (Contrived Acronyms For Exporters)
27 December 2013
CARBS - Canada, Australia, Russia
We are continuing with our export acronyms this week with help from Catriona Tippin, who runs a proofreading service Proofreading Tips and is also a writer and illustrator of children’s books.
Catriona has looked beyond the well-known BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) coined by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill in 2001 to present her CAFE Society (Contrived Acronyms For Exporters) – a veritable seasonal selection of acronyms that could be tripping off our tongues in 2014.
BRIC – Brazil, Russia, India, China
Which grew into
BRICS – with the addition of South Africa
and evolved into
BICIS – with the subtraction of Russia and the addition of Indonesia
IBSA – India, Brazil, South Africa
BASIC – Brazil, South Africa, India and China
Then we have the possibly controversial
PIGS – Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain
PIIGS – Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain
And facing different difficulties there’s
JIB – Japan, Israel, Britain
CASSH – Canada, Australia, Singapore. Switzerland, Hong Kong
CARBS – Brazil, South Africa
Something we may all have overdosed on this holiday is
CARBS – Canada. Australia, Russia, Brazil, South Africa
Then we heard about the potential in
VISTA – Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, Argentina
But what about
CIVETS – Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa
….. we thought it was an animal known for its scent glands!
We wrote about this one last week
MINT – Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey
Finally, how about some sympathy for
CEMENT – Countries in Emerging Markets Excluded by New Terminology!
So whether you are in a JIB or feeling full in CARBS we’d like to wish you a very happy holiday from the Institute of Export.
Catriona Tippin has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) since 2006 and proofreads study guides, house magazines and publicity material for two national educational charities, in addition to working on a variety of proofreads and copyedits for the growing self-published world.