A TLA is a three letter acronym. I came across this 2007 article by Camilla Cavendish. She is my new hero.
Here’s an extract:
Everyone I meet who has dealt with Thames Gateway comes away unable to speak English. You stub your tongue on an acronym in the first five minutes of any conversation. New agencies and partnerships sprout almost continuously, but there is little discernible progress bar a few bus routes. The Government’s vision for the area includes “a world-class environment” and “a well-connected network of regional cities”. Holy motherhood. In order to write its report, the NAO had to produce its own map.