31 Common Acronyms You’d Never Figure Out

IKEA, TIME, and TASER had us scratching our heads when we tried to guess what they stood for. How many of these common acronyms do you know?

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What does WD-40 stand for?

What does WD-40 stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
WD-40 stands for Water Displacement - 40th Attempt. (That's how long it took the manufacturers to figure out the recipe.) Check out these amazing uses for WD-40.

What does CVS stand for?

What does CVS stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
CVS stands for Consumer Value Stores.

What does M&M’s stand for?

What does M&M’s stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
M&Ms stands for Mars & Murrie’s, the last names of the candy’s founders.

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What does PAM Cooking Spray stand for?

What does PAM Cooking Spray stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
PAM stands for Product of Arthur Meyerhoff.

What does NECCO stand for?

What does NECCO stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
NECCO stands for New England Confectionery Company.

What does Yahoo! stand for?

What does Yahoo! stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
YAHOO stands for Yet Another Hierarchical Official Oracle.

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What does TASER stand for?

What does TASER stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
TASER stands for Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle.

What does 'Smart' Car stand for?

What does 'Smart' Car stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
A collaboration between Swatch and Mercedes, Smart Car is short for Swatch + Mercedes + Art.

What does ZIP code stand for?

What does ZIP code stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
Your ZIP code is actually your Zone Improvement Plan code.

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What does the USA PATRIOT Act stand for?

What does the USA PATRIOT Act stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
The USA PATRIOT Act stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (seriously). Linguists call this a "backronym"—the word "Patriot" was likely picked first, then an acronym written to fit it.

What does TIME Magazine stand for?

What does TIME Magazine stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
TIME stands for "The International Magazine of Events."

What does IKEA stand for?

What does IKEA stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
IKEA stands for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd, named for the founder's initials and his hometown. Here's how stores like IKEA trick you into spending more money.

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What does CAPTCHA stand for?

What does CAPTCHA stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
That code you have to type into websites to prove you're not a robot has a name, and that name is a really complicated acronym. CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. (*Takes deep, human breath*)

What does LASER stand for?

What does LASER stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.

What does canola oil stand for?

What does canola oil stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
Canola stands for Canada oil, low acid. There is no canola plant; the oil comes from rapeseed.

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What does GIF stand for?

What does GIF stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format.

What does GEICO stand for?

What does GEICO stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
GEICO stands for Government Employees Insurance Company. The product was first targeted toward government and military employees.

What does Arby's stand for?

What does Arby's stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
Arby’s is a play on RB, for the chain’s founders, the Raffel brothers. In the ‘80s, an ad campaign came up with the delightful (but fake) acronym, America’s Roast Beef, Yes Sir!

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What does Nabisco stand for?

What does Nabisco stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
Nabisco stands for National Biscuit Company.

What does NERF stand for?

What does NERF stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
NERF stands for Non Expandable Recreational Foam.

What does SPAM stand for?

What does SPAM stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
SPAM stands for Shoulder of Pork and Ham. Here are more odd facts about iconic American products.

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What does A&W stand for?

What does A&W stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
A&W stands for its founders, (Roy) Allen and (Frank) Wright. (Not ‘Amburgers and Wootbeer, unfortunately.) Check out these fascinating origins of popular sodas you love to drink.

What does BMW stand for?

What does BMW stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
BMW means Bayerische Motoren Werke, which translates from German to "Bavarian Motor Works."

What does TCBY stand for?

What does TCBY stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
TCBY stands for The Country's Best Yogurt. It originally stood for, "This Can't Be Yogurt"—until the company was sued by I Can't Believe It's Yogurt!, a rival chain.

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What does 3M stand for?

What does 3M stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
3M, the company that makes Post-Its and most office supplies, stands for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing. Here's a brilliant way to use Post-Its to keep your office clean.

What does FAO Schwartz stand for?

What does FAO Schwartz stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
FAO Schwartz stands for Frederick August Otto Schwarz, who founded the toy company with his brothers. You won't believe the bizarre original purposes of these classic American toys!

What does H&M stand for?

What does H&M stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
H&M stands for Hennes & Mauritz. Originally just called Hennes, the clothing company merged with hunting goods store Mauritz Widforss in 1968, becoming H&M.

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What does AFLAC stand for?

What does AFLAC stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
AFLAC stands for American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus.

What does EPCOT center stand for?

What does EPCOT center stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
Disney’s EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow. Don't miss these mind-blowing facts about Disneyland.

What does CD-ROM stand for?

What does CD-ROM stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
CD-ROM stands for Compact Disc read-only memory.

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What does SOS stand for?

What does SOS stand for?Emma Kapotes/Rd.com
SOS… doesn’t stand for anything! It was chosen as a sign of distress for its unmistakable Morse code representation—three dots, three dashes, three dots.

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