"ISO" by Mark Brader(Word Origins)
ISO is the International Organization for Standardization, not the International Standards Organization. Some people think the organization's initials in French are ISO, but actually they would be OIN (for "Organisation internationale de normalisation"). According to someone I met who worked there, the abbreviation ISO was adopted because they didn't want to use the actual English initials, but could permute them into the Greek-derived prefix iso- meaning "same" (which is what standards are for making things the :-) ). In other words, it's wordplay. For the official account, see http://www.iso.ch/ Coordinated Universal Time is UTC because the C is of secondary importance and can be written as a subscript. This one, too, is mistaken for coming from French, but does not.
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