B.O.A.C. or Bo-ack?

Old Dec 24, 20, 7:32 am
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B.O.A.C. or Bo-ack?

As we all know BOAC is an abbreviation of the British Overseas Airways Corporation. But how do you pronounce it?

A) as an abbreviated title, B.O.A.C. ?
or
B) as an acronym, bo-ack ?

Does anyone know how it pronounced back in the day?
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Old Dec 24, 20, 7:35 am
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Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
As we all know BOAC is an abbreviation of the British Overseas Airways Corporation. But how do you pronounce it?

A) as an abbreviated title, B.O.A.C. ?
or
B) as an acronym, bo-ack ?

Does anyone know how it pronounced back in the day?
I’m confident it was always answer A.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 7:36 am
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Old Dec 24, 20, 7:37 am
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I would say both but primarily bo-ak.
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I was wondering about that too. The first time I remember the name is from the Beatles song Back in the USSR so I've always said the former, but most of the videos I've seen recently (most recently the Sam Chui 747 video), BA staff and enthusiasts have used the latter.

I guess it's a bit like the scone debate.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 8:16 am
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oddly i never thought about this and always go with A only because saying bo-ack sounds so stupid to my ear! or rather maybe because it makes me think of borat and this the correlation
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Old Dec 24, 20, 8:29 am
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My own recollection is that when used in the media (BBC) or in "serious" conversation it was always BOAC but when friends and other people who were in the industry spoke about the company they generally said Bo Ack.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 8:51 am
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Formerly either the full name or B.O.A.C was used but informerly it was always pronounced bo-ack.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 9:15 am
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I believe their equivalent of BAEC was called Selecta.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 9:23 am
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I'd never heard of Bo-ack until this thread.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 10:03 am
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The White Album

I draw the board's attention to the track "Back in the USSR" on the Beatles "The White Album" from 1968. The first line should settle it.
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Some time ago I was introduced by one senior BA person to another, (who had been a senior L/H pilot). It was made clear that he was an ex-B.O.A.C. man.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 10:36 am
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Originally Posted by TTmex View Post
I believe their equivalent of BAEC was called Selecta.
That's terrible but made me smile
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In Scots, to have the bo-ak is to feel sick.
Just sayin'
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Originally Posted by knifeandfork View Post
I draw the board's attention to the track "Back in the USSR" on the Beatles "The White Album" from 1968. The first line should settle it.
On the other hand, the first line of Bobby Bloom’s 1970 hit “Montego Bay” is clearly “Vernon’ll meet me when the Bo-Ac lands.”
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