SIEV

Call me slow. I didn’t realise until reading the paper on Monday that SIEV is an acronym. (As in SIEV-X.)

It’s authorities jargon, and stands for “Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel” — the one involved in last week’s fatal fire being SIEV 36.

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6 thoughts on “SIEV”

  1. 1
    Michael says:

    And by using such a bland acronym, nobody can get attached to SIEV-36. Whereas as soon as you call it the ‘My Fair Lady’ or whatever the boats name was, it becomes personal.

    Those governments are so clever!

  2. 2
    Daniel says:

    Well, yes, the last thing we’d want is people feeling some empathy.

    Mind you, I wonder if these boats even have real names in the first place.

  3. 3
    Thomas says:

    I dont think your the only one – until a few weeks ago, I thought it was the actual name of the boat!

  4. 4
    Frank says:

    Snap! I also had the same realisation with the same article. Don’t know why I didn’t pick it up before. And I’m a reference librarian … should bow my head in shame.

  5. 5
    Alex says:

    Well, I think I knew SIEV was an acronym, but I’d always assumed the X was supposed to be 10. Did they give up on the roman numerals after that? Or was SIEV-X outside the numbering system?
    What’s wrong with SIEV-XXXVI?

  6. 6
    Daniel says:

    The X is outside the numbering system; the Wikipedia article says it was coined by a journalist.

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