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.
Stands for Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle
An acronym for Yet Another Hierarchical Official Oracle
An abbreviation of Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing
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.
The Q stands for quality.
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An acronym for Bavarian Motor Works.
The SMART car began as a project between Swatch and Mercedes hence it was originally code named the Swatch & Mercedes Art Car.
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.
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.
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
Means Product of Arthur Meyerhoff
The K stands for founder Sebastian S Kresge
The abbreviation on almost every zipper in the world stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha which is a Japanese manufacturing company.
The ZIP is for Zone Improvement Plan
Originally it was short for Government Employees Insurance Company
Once upon a time it stood for Consumer Value Stores
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.
It means Water Deplacement 40th Attempt
Means National Biscuit Company
Stands for Wireless Fidelity
Re (in emails)
It actually originally meant “regarding” and not “reply”
Stands for Image Maximum
Stand for Radio Detection and Ranging
Stands for Canadian Oil, Low Acid
USA PATRIOT ACT
Possibly the most unnecessary acronym ever devised it stands for Uniting & Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept & Obstruct Terrorism