Latin Americans do love their acronyms. The Brazilians, in particular, love to pronounce them as words so, for example, the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, or PUC-Rio, is said "pookie Rio." The -ie comes from the way the soften the hard consonant sound a the end of a word, so I am called Patrick-ie in Brazil. The University of São Paulo (USP) is said 'ooospie' and so on.
Anyway, this morning in my e-mail box I received the latest communique from the Latin American and Caribbean Economics Association (or LACEA, pronounced 'la-say-ah') informing me of the newest network with the umbrella organization.
It is the America Latina Crime and Policy Network.
And the ancronym?
You guessed it: AL CAPONE.
I am not making this up.