25 Abbreviations And Acronyms You’ve Always Wondered About

Posted by , Updated on April 22, 2014

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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.

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TASER

acronyms you didn't know

Stands for Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle

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YAHOO

acronyms you didn't know

An acronym for Yet Another Hierarchical Official Oracle

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3M

acronyms you didn't know

An abbreviation of Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing

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M&M's

acronyms you didn't know

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.

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Q-tips

acronyms you didn't know

The Q stands for quality.


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BMW

acronyms you didn't know

An acronym for Bavarian Motor Works.

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SMART Car

acronyms you didn't know

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

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ASICS

acronyms you didn't know

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.

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ADIDAS

acronyms you didn't know

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.

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TCBY

acronyms you didn't know

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

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PAM

acronyms you didn't know

Means Product of Arthur Meyerhoff

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K-Mart

acronyms you didn't know

The K stands for founder Sebastian S Kresge

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YKK

acronyms you didn't know

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

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ZIP code

acronyms you didn't know

The ZIP is for Zone Improvement Plan

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GEICO

acronyms you didn't know

Originally it was short for Government Employees Insurance Company

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CVS

acronyms you didn't know

Once upon a time it stood for Consumer Value Stores

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H&M

acronyms you didn't know

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.

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WD-40

acronyms you didn't know

It means Water Deplacement 40th Attempt

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NABISCO

acronyms you didn't know

Means National Biscuit Company

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WI-FI

acronyms you didn't know

Stands for Wireless Fidelity

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Re (in emails)

acronyms you didn't know

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

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IMAX

acronyms you didn't know

Stands for Image Maximum

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RADAR

acronyms you didn't know

Stand for Radio Detection and Ranging

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Canola

acronyms you didn't know

Stands for Canadian Oil, Low Acid

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USA PATRIOT ACT

acronyms you didn't know

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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