CoBloWriMo Day 8: Vocabulary

My day job is in education which, like many professions, is rife with acronyms.  Boy, do we ever love our acronyms.  From CCSS, to IEPs, to NCLB, our jargon is not very outsider friendly and newcomers have a steep learning curve that they are expected to master rather quickly. There are even acronyms that have passed out of use that some of us who’ve been doing this for a while are still familiar with (SDAIE) and others that are specific to only certain schools (JMMS).

Historical costumers, or just costumers in general, seem to have been cut from the same cloth.  You might hear friends talking about being wiped out after attending CoCo2018, but they are already making plans for attending CC36.  They have a whole pile of UFOs they need to work on at home, but the DH needs a button sewn on his pants.  You’ll also hear a LOT of us talk about the affliction of CADD, which seems to affect costumers from everything from the SCA to the ICG and beyond.

Feel free to add your costuming acronyms to the comments below!


CoCo(year): Costume College–an educational conference held the last weekend in July in Woodland Hills, CA.

CC(number): Costume Con–a convention focused on both historical and scifi/fantasy costuming.  Changes location every year, but usually held in May.

UFO: UnFinished Object

DH: Darling Husband

CADD: Costume Attention Deficit Disorder (not intended to demean or offend anyone who actually has to deal with ADD or ADHD) refers to the seeming inability of costumers to focus on one project at a time.

SCA: Society for Creative Anachronism

ICG: International Costumers Guild


And, just in case you are curious about the teacher acronyms…

CCSS: Common Core State Standards

IEP: Individualized Education Plan (for students with special learning needs)

NCLB: No Child Left Behind Act, which was replaced with Every Student Succeeds Act.

SDAIE: Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (these strategies are still incredibly important, but they are not being addressed in staff development as SDAIE–we now tend to discuss them in terms of designated/integrated ELD instructional strategies)

JMMS: The acronym used for the name of the school at which I currently teach.


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  1. I have, for myself, coined “LWRD”, which stands for “Little White Regency(-ish) Dress”. I have no idea if anyone has used it before, but it’s certainly one that could get a lot of use…

    1. I love it!

  2. Oh how I hate educational acronyms- I’ve been steadfastly ignoring the bloody things for more than 20 years, and make a point of pissing off managers who do presentations full of them [Death by Powerpoint anyone?]…it’s very simple, just ask them to fill the gaps at every single occurrence! Half the time, they get so flustered they have no idea what the letters stand for. Yes, I’m the stereotypical cynical old lag who does crossword puzzles and ignores directives to jump to the latest tune…

    1. I’ll admit, I had to look up SDAIE. It was just a teensy bit before my time. The term wasn’t being used in the first district I taught in. When I changed districts, the staff had already been “trained” so it was only referred to in passing. Now, I’ve been around long enough (18 years under my belt) that I tend to recognize a lot of the “new” stuff for what it really is…clever repackaging of the old.

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