Redundant Acronym Syndrome Syndrome
In an email today from a client, they mentioned needing a TIN# for the IRS. For those who don’t live in the US, or who do live there but don’t pay taxes (e.g. Kent Hovind), TIN stands for Taxpayer Identification Number. So yes, I was asked for a Taxpayer Identification Number Number.
People do this all the time and it bugs me. It probably shouldn’t, but it does. When people say that they entered their PIN number in the ATM machine, or that you need to take your ID document with you, or talk about the HIV virus, I remember that I still can’t make people’s heads explode by sheer will.