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Robert Mander

About Robert Mander

Bob Mander, founder of, spent much of his career dealing with mind-bending government acronyms like OSDBU, LORACS and SME.  A technical writer of government documents for 15 years, Mander also had a ‘big idea’ about how to demystify this kind of insider jargon. Over the years, he’s assembled what he calls a resource library where government workers, contractors, NGOs, elected officials, media and befuddled citizens alike can, among other things, quickly unravel the meaning of obscure government acronyms. Bringing that idea to life has been his passion for the last six years. Mander admits to his wonkyness. “What is a wonk? you may ask. A wonk is someone who can tell you if ‘anal’ and ‘retentive’ are hyphenated,” he explains. “Others say that the devil is in the details. A wonk will tell you that God inhabits the details. Wonks are not born, they’re made. Govlish, a demanding mistress, made me a wonk.”

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Investment Abbreviations Can Spell out Big Bucks

Investing abbreviations prove shorthand isn’t just for Millennials. Find out how this entrepreneur turned a love for acronyms into an investable website.

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Understanding the Language of the American Federal Legal System

Americans take great pride in saying that ours is a nation of laws, not people. But resting on this laurel is dangerous. Laws are written, enacted, interpreted, changed, and enforced (or not) by people. To safeguard our legal legacy, we need to have at least a basic understanding of the American federal legal system. Including, […]

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