Initialisms, raunchy and not

An image posted by actor/director Chris Pratt on his Facebook page:


The initialistic abbreviation BJ stands for Beijing here, but of course blowjob will come first to many people’s minds — even though then the t-shirt should go

I ♥︎

And there are more possibilities; it’s in the nature of abbreviations to be multiply ambiguoua.

In particular, BJ could be an initialistic name, an abbreviation either for first name plus last name (as in BJ for (the linguist) Brian Joseph) or for first name plus middle name, serving as a kind of nickname. Two examples (among many) of the latter sort:

Bernard Jay “B.J.” Leiderman (born February 14, 1956, Norfolk, Virginia) is an American composer and songwriter. His best-known works are his theme music compositions for public radio programs, including National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, Car Talk, Science Friday, and American Public Media’s Marketplace. (Wikipedia link)

Capt. B. J. Hunnicutt, a fictional doctor on the TV show M*A*S*H (link)

About Chris Pratt. From Wikipedia:

Christopher Michael “Chris” Pratt (born June 21, 1979) is an American actor. He is known for his television roles, including Bright Abbott in Everwood, and Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation.

… In 2015, he starred in Jurassic World, the continuation of the popular Jurassic Park franchise. In 2014, Pratt was ranked as #2 on People magazine’s annual list of Sexiest Men Alive.

Pratt is a beefy muscle-hunk. Here he is showing off his body in Guardians of the Galaxy:


You’ll note that Pratt’s nickname is Chris, rather than C.M.

Addendum: There is now a Page on this blog with an inventory (which will be regularly updated) of postings on abbreviations.

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