It turns out that one of the shortened department names of Oxford is “bioch”.* The email address of one of my authors in the paper I’m working on is “FancyScientist@bioch.ox.ac.uk”.
(*Cougar, “bioch” is a pop-culture reinterpretation of the word “bitch.” I guess it is biochemistry as well.)
You may or may not remember the barrier jet scandal (go read the post, I promise it will make you giggle into your coffee).
I revisited the art of writing carefully worded emails about “unintended second meanings” the other day. Fortunately I was writing to an editorial professional rather than the author so I was allowed to smirk slightly over email.
My author had abbreviated “formula units” to “f.u.” The authors were not native English speakers. My editorial coordinator told me to leave it as is and to try not to snicker like a twelve year old.
What do you find unintentionally funny?