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.
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.