25 Abbreviations And Acronyms You’ve Always Wondered About

25 Abbreviations And Acronyms You’ve Always Wondered About

From WD-40 (water displacement, 40th attempt) to Yahoo (Yet Another Hierarchical Official Oracle) these are 25 abbreviations and acronyms you’ve always wondered about.

25. TASER

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Stands for Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle

24. YAHOO

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An acronym for Yet Another Hierarchical Official Oracle

23. 3M

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An abbreviation of Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing

22. M&M’s

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Stands for Mars & Murrie’s and is named after Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie who started producing M&M’s exclusively for the military during WWII.

21. Q-tips

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The Q stands for quality.

20. BMW

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An acronym for Bavarian Motor Works.

19. SMART Car

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The SMART car began as a project between Swatch and Mercedes hence it was originally code named the Swatch & Mercedes Art Car.

18. ASICS

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The name of this Japanese athletic equipment manufacturer is derived from the Latin phrase Anima Sana In Corpore Sano which means a sound mind in a sound body.

17. ADIDAS

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Although there are many rumors about where the company got its name, the truth is that it came from it’s founder, Adolf (Adi) Dassler.

16. TCBY

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Now means The Country’s Best Yogurt but it originally meant This Can’t Be Yogurt. They changed the name after being sued by a rival company called I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt

15. PAM

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Means Product of Arthur Meyerhoff

14. K-Mart

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The K stands for founder Sebastian S Kresge

13. YKK

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The abbreviation on almost every zipper in the world stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha which is a Japanese manufacturing company.

12. ZIP code

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The ZIP is for Zone Improvement Plan

11. GEICO

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Originally it was short for Government Employees Insurance Company

10. CVS

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Once upon a time it stood for Consumer Value Stores

9. H&M

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The Swedish clothing retailer was initially name Hennes, which in Swedish means “for her”. When it added a men’s line of clothing the name changed to Hennes & Mauritz.

8. WD-40

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It means Water Deplacement 40th Attempt

 

7. NABISCO

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Means National Biscuit Company

6. WI-FI

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Stands for Wireless Fidelity

5. Re (in emails)

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It actually originally meant “regarding” and not “reply”

4. IMAX

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Stands for Image Maximum

3. RADAR

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Stand for Radio Detection and Ranging

2. Canola

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Stands for Canadian Oil, Low Acid

1. USA PATRIOT ACT

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Possibly the most unnecessary acronym ever devised it stands for Uniting & Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept & Obstruct Terrorism

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