Aaarrgghhhh - Alphabet soup - BKK, etc.

Old Apr 11th, 2005, 03:06 PM
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Aaarrgghhhh - Alphabet soup - BKK, etc.

Although I'm a frequent lurker here (and an occasional poster), I still get confused over the numerous abbreviations. BKK, I know is Bangkok. But there are a ton of other ones. This hardly ever happens on the Europe or African boards. Why do people here feel compelled to use three letter abbreviations for so many of the cities? (It reminds me of the military!) Is there a cheat sheet somewhere? Often I can figure them out, but sometimes I'm stumped and don't have a clue - no smart remarks, please!
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Old Apr 11th, 2005, 03:07 PM
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USM was the one I couldn't figure out that prompted this tirade!
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Old Apr 11th, 2005, 03:22 PM
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Sorry that is the airport code for Koh Samui.
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Old Apr 11th, 2005, 03:27 PM
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You're KIDDING? USM is Koh Samui? LOL! No WONDER I couldn't figure it out. I was sure it was going to be something obvious and I'd kick myself for not getting it. Now that's funny.
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I have to check everytime because I just can't remember that one. I assume the SM have to with Samui, have no idea what the U is for. It actually sounds military.
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I use the three-digit IATA airport codes, but only when talking specifically the airport. So, if I want to say one's flying into the Bangkok Airport, I'll use BKK; but if I'm talking about something in the city, then I use Bangkok.

However, sometimes I do use HK for Hong Kong, as most of us here seem to know what that is. If I say HKG, then I'm talking specifically about Hong Kong International Airport.
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