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?

By Alison Caporimo
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    WD-40

    ...is an acronym for what?

    Jorge Barrios via Wikimedia Commons

    WD-40

    ...is an acronym for Water Displacement - 40th Attempt.

    Calmon1 via Wikimedia Commons

    CVS

    ...is an acronym for what?

    Calmon1 via Wikimedia Commons

    CVS

    ...is an acronym for Consumer Value Stores.

    Rodrigo Moraes via Wikimedia Commons

    M & M’s

    ...is an acronym for what?

    Rodrigo Moraes via Wikimedia Commons

    M & M’s

    ...is an acronym for Mars & Murrie’s, the last names of the candy’s founders.

    PAM Cooking Spray

    ...is an acronym for what?

    PAM Cooking Spray

    ...is an acronym for Product of Arthur Meyerhoff.

    Evan-Amos via Wikimedia Commons

    NECCO

    ...is an acronym for what?

    Evan-Amos via Wikimedia Commons

    NECCO

    ...is an acronym for New England Confectionery Company.

    Sebastian Bergmann via Wikimedia Commons

    Yahoo!

    ...is an acronym for what?

    Sebastian Bergmann via Wikimedia Commons

    Yahoo!

    ...is an acronym for Yet Another Hierarchial Official Oracle.

    Your Comments

    • jeff gill

      YAHOO is Yet Another heirarchical object oriented search engine.

    • əʞɪɯ

      Water Displacement (Formula) 40

    • Maryam

      Well I have always thought of it as an exclamation yaaaaahoooo! :)

    • Dave

      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.

      • Sheryl

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

    • Nachoman

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

    • Joe

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

    • Guest

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

    • Carbon Snake

      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.

      • dave

        Technically, C V and
        S are initials.

    • Ravi999

      Yahoo is

      Yet Another Hierarchical OFFICIOUS Oracle…
      not Official Oracle…

    • venkatesh

      Weird one