No, not George W. Bush. (But I’ll bet that’s why some of you bleeding hearts checked this post out. Tsk, tsk.)
No, the letter W. As an abbreviation, it is the pits. Case in point; World Wide Web contains just three syllables but its abbreviation has nine.
Red White and Blue also has just three syllables. But RWB contains five.
If you watch CSI you will hear the techs say GSR for Gun Shot Residue. Makes sense. Then they will say GSW for Gun Shot Wound, exchanging three syllables for an ‘abbreviation’ that contains five.
World War One and World War Two: three syllables each. WWI & WWII each have seven.
Volkswagen; three syllables. VW; four.
World Wildlife Foundation has 6 and World Wrestling Foundation has 5. WWF ? It has 7.
In almost every case where W is used as an abbreviation it creates a longer ‘word’ than the original un-‘abbreviated’ word. (Westinghouse and Winnebago are two exceptions that come to mind.)
Let’s call W something other than ‘double you’. My suggestion is ‘woo’. It has a ‘w’ in it and it has the ‘u’ sound as well. And I think it would be cool to hear people saying things like; ‘woo woo woo’ or ‘ar woo bee’.
Think about it. But not too much.