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 for TLA
From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

  TLA
         Three Letter Acronym (slang)
         

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  TLA
   /T?L?A/, n.
  
      [Three-Letter Acronym]
  
      1. Self-describing abbreviation for a species with which computing
      terminology is infested.
  
      2. Any confusing acronym. Examples include MCA, FTP, SNA, CPU, MMU, SCCS,
      DMU, FPU, NNTP, TLA. People who like this looser usage argue that not all
      TLAs have three letters, just as not all four-letter words have four
      letters. One also hears of ?ETLA? (Extended Three-Letter Acronym,
      pronounced /ee tee el ay/) being used to describe four-letter acronyms; the
      terms ?SFLA? (Stupid Four-Letter Acronym), ?LFLA? (Longer Four Letter
      Acronym), and VLFLA (Very Long Five Letter Acronym) have also been
      reported. See also YABA.
  
      The self-effacing phrase ?TDM TLA? (Too Damn Many...) is often used to
      bemoan the plethora of TLAs in use. In 1989, a random of the journalistic
      persuasion asked hacker Paul Boutin ?What do you think will be the biggest
      problem in computing in the 90s?? Paul's straight-faced response: ?There
      are only 17,000 three-letter acronyms.? (To be exact, there are 26^3 =
      17,576.) There is probably some karmic justice in the fact that Paul Boutin
      subsequently became a journalist.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  three-letter acronym
  TLA
  
      (TLA) The canonical, self-describing acronym for the
     name of a species with which computing terminology is infested.
     Examples include MCA, FTP, SNA, CPU, MMU, DMU, FPU,
     TLA.
  
     This dictionary contains many TLAs.
  
     Sometimes used by extension for any confusing acronym.  People
     who like this looser usage argue that not all TLAs have three
     letters, just as not all four-letter words have four letters.
     One also hears of "ETLA" (Extended Three-Letter Acronym) being
     used to describe four-letter acronyms.  The term "SFLA"
     (Stupid Four-Letter Acronym) has also been reported.
  
     See also YABA.
  
     The self-effacing phrase "TDM TLA" (Too Damn Many...) is used to
     bemoan the plethora of TLAs in use.  In 1989, a random of the
     journalistic persuasion asked hacker Paul Boutin "What do you
     think will be the biggest problem in computing in the 90s?"
     Paul's straight-faced response: "There are only 17,000
     three-letter acronyms." (To be exact, there are 26^3 = 17,576.)
  
     (2014-08-14)
  

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