By EnglishLearner - Switzerland - Mannedorf
Today, I had to present a program to my supervisors in University. Not being a native English speaker, I used my own invented abbreviations for parameters in the program. Apparently STD is not an appropriate abbreviation for "standard deviation." I can still hear them laughing. FML
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  Pleonasm  |  34

Well, I was pretending they used abbreviations too, that could possibly be related but also mis-interpreted as the popular "what the fuck" and "laughing out loud." I guess it sucked; no luck today!
I'll go back to bed.

  perdix  |  29

#28, funnily enough when I learned C and C++, sexually-transmitted diseases were called VD (venereal disease), so when they changed it to STDs, I was able to be like a C++ programmer and deal with the polymorphism if the letters.

  katties  |  27

This must be the least funny comment I've till now seen been thumbed up so many times. I think FML is being populated by 13 year olds - who else could possible find it THIS funny...? :|

  james2398  |  6

I know this is the most active part right now so I have a few question since I am new 1 when people say message me is there a button for that or what 2what is thread jackers 3how long does it take to get ur fml on this and finally 4 are u allow to have pics of ur self

  kyleekay  |  25


1) You can only message from the website.

2) You are threadjacking, my friend. It means you post a reply to someone else's comment that has nothing to do with the original comment.

3) You may not ever get an FML published. It gets moderated by the community after you submit it, so if it's not "good enough", it won't be published.

4) Yes. But keep your shirt on, don't use a duck face (unless you want to get verbally murdered).


  happle  |  21

I think OP's superiors are just immature. My chemistry teacher used "STD" for standard deviation, and English was his first language.

  Marrach  |  7

Throughout Grade School, it was really annoying and common for something like the word "Homophones" (I believe thats the word) for everyone to crack up.. I mean seriously, grow up!

  itsame0987  |  18

The abbreviation for standard deviation that has been used in every math and programming class I took in college was std. I think op was right, and the supervisors are just immature. Even college students didn't laugh when the professor used it. Fyl op.

By  Bliss391  |  7

I had a similar situation, I had fallen asleep in class and the teacher called on me to read from the book, being still have asleep I read the word organism, only to have it come out as orgasm.

  EyesofStone  |  27

By program, I believe OP means a computer program, so that would be a pain to key in and depending on the language, it might not even compile. I always use stDev when I have to reference standard deviation. :o

By  _DeRpS_  |  6

Lol OP it may be embarrassing now, but you'll be laughing at it too soon enough. Plus they probably like your presentation even more now that you made them laugh!


I frequently have to give my presentations in a language that's not my mother tongue. Go over your presentations with a native speaker in advance, and don't get upset when people laugh at stupid jokes.