6 Common Acronyms You’d Never Figure Out

These terms had us scratching our heads when we tried to guess what they stood for. How many do you know?

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WD-40

WD-40iStock/hallopino
...is an acronym for what?

WD-40

WD-40iStock/hallopino
...is an acronym for Water Displacement - 40th Attempt.

CVS

CVSiStock/Wolterk
...is an acronym for what?

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CVS

CVSiStock/Wolterk
...is an acronym for Consumer Value Stores.

M & M’s

M & M’siStock/Sjoerd van der Wal
...is an acronym for what?

M & M’s

M & M’siStock/Sjoerd van der Wal
...is an acronym for Mars & Murrie’s, the last names of the candy’s founders.

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PAM Cooking Spray

PAM Cooking SprayiStock/littleny
...is an acronym for what?

PAM Cooking Spray

PAM Cooking SprayiStock/littleny
...is an acronym for Product of Arthur Meyerhoff.

NECCO

NECCOiStock/patty_c
...is an acronym for what?

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NECCO

NECCOiStock/patty_c
...is an acronym for New England Confectionery Company.

Yahoo!

Yahoo!iStock/wellesenterprises
...is an acronym for what?

Yahoo!

Yahoo!iStock/wellesenterprises
...is an acronym for Yet Another Hierarchial Official Oracle.

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18 thoughts on “6 Common Acronyms You’d Never Figure Out

  1. i got one. FART= Far Away Recycled Trash. i just can’t wait to see if there’s a business that’s called fart. XD

    1. Little known fact:

      N California’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) was originally going to be called ‘Frisco Area Rapid Transit, but the acronym wasn’t popular,,,

      1. u serious?! xD i nearly laughed myself to Fleetway super sonic just there

  2. NECCO wafers candy is flat and round, sold in a roll of about 50, and are about the size of a quarter. You showed Valentine hearts.

    1. NECCO is the candy company – they make hearts as well, but to your point…we grew up with NECCO Wafers!!

  3. I always thought the name Yahoo had to do with Gulliver’s 4th travel.

  4. Yahoo is a joke. How about Yes Articles Help Obama Obfuscate. That’s way more accurate.

  5. WD-40 apparently means Multi-purpose lubricant. Makes no sense to me but it’s up with times so who cares?

    1. WD-40 actually stands for water displacer and 40 is the number of formulas they went through to get to the one that they settled upon.

  6. An acronym is an abbreviation that you pronounce like a word. NECCO is an acronym because you pronounce it “necko”. CVS is just an abbreviation.

    1. ac·ro·nym
      ˈakrəˌnim/
      noun
      an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word (e.g., ASCII, NASA ).

  7. Yahoo is

    Yet Another Hierarchical OFFICIOUS Oracle…
    not Official Oracle…

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