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?
What does WD-40 stand for?
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?
CVS stands for Consumer Value Stores. (It might also have a second meaning, though—learn why.)
What does M&M’s stand for?
M&Ms stands for Mars & Murrie’s, the last names of the candy’s founders.
What does PAM Cooking Spray stand for?
PAM stands for Product of Arthur Meyerhoff.
What does NECCO stand for?
NECCO stands for New England Confectionery Company. Here are some food names you’re probably pronouncing all wrong.
What does Yahoo! stand for?
YAHOO stands for Yet Another Hierarchical Official Oracle. Check out these other fascinating origins of famous company names.
What does ZIP code stand for?
Your ZIP code is actually your Zone Improvement Plan code. Learn how ZIP codes came to be, and what each of the numbers mean.
What does the USA PATRIOT Act stand for?
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. Learn the way almost every country in the world gets its name.