What does TLA stand for?

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Truly Liable Asset

Business » Accounting

   
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Thrust Lever Angle

Miscellaneous » Aircraft & Aviation

   
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Teller, Alaska USA

Regional » Airport Codes

   
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theta-like activity

Medical » British Medicine

   
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translumbar aortogram

Medical » British Medicine

   
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translumbar aortography

Medical » British Medicine

   
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transluminal angioplasty

Medical » British Medicine

   
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thymus leukaemia antigen

Medical » British Medicine

   
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tumescent local anaesthesia

Medical » British Medicine

   
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time-limited admission

Medical » British Medicine

   
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Three-Letter Acronym

Internet » Chat

   
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Tadpole Liberation Army

Community

   
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Tibetan Literature and Art

Academic & Science » Academic Degrees

   
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Tube Leveling Amplifier

Academic & Science » Electronics

   
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Transmission Line Advanced

Academic & Science » Electronics

   
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Timber Licensee Agreement

Governmental » Environmental

   
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Three-Letter Acronym

Governmental » FBI Files

   
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Three-Letter Acronym

Governmental » FDA

   
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Tax Lien Associates

Business » Firms

   
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Three Letter Acronym

Miscellaneous » Funnies

   
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Top Level Aggregation

Business » General

   
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Three-Letter Acronym

Business » General

   
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Three Letter Abbreviation

Computing » General

   
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Temporal Logic of Actions

Computing » General

   
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Tube Leveling Amplifier

Computing » Hardware

   

What does TLA mean?

TLA
[Three-Letter Acronym] 1. Self-describing abbreviation for a species with which computing terminology is infested. 2. Any confusing acronym. Examples include MCA, FTP, SNA, CPU, MMU, SCCS, DMU, FPU, NNTP, TLA. People who like this looser usage argue that not all TLAs have three letters, just as not all four-letter words have four letters. One also hears of ‘ETLA’ (Extended Three-Letter Acronym, pronounced /ee tee el ay/) being used to describe four-letter acronyms; the terms ‘SFLA’ (Stupid Four-Letter Acronym), ‘LFLA’ (Longer Four Letter Acronym), and VLFLA (Very Long Five Letter Acronym) have also been reported. See also YABA.The self-effacing phrase “TDM TLA” (Too Damn Many...) is often used to bemoan the plethora of TLAs in use. In 1989, a random of the journalistic persuasion asked hacker Paul Boutin “What do you think will be the biggest problem in computing in the 90s?” Paul's straight-faced response: “There are only 17,000 three-letter acronyms.” (To be exact, there are 26^3 = 17,576.) There is probably some karmic justice in the fact that Paul Boutin subsequently became a journalist.

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