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 TIME Magazine stand for?
TIME stands for “The International Magazine of Events.”
What does IKEA stand for?
IKEA stands for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd, named for the founder’s initials and his hometown. Here are the secrets IKEA employees won’t tell you.
What does CAPTCHA stand for?
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?
Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Here are some common medical acronyms you really should know.
What does canola oil stand for?
Canola stands for Canada oil, low acid. There is no canola plant; the oil comes from rapeseed. Learn some more facts you never knew about the origins of your favorite foods.
What does GIF stand for?
GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. You’ll never believe what the World Wide Web was almost called.
What does GEICO stand for?
GEICO stands for Government Employees Insurance Company. The product was first targeted toward government and military employees. Here are some more words and phrases you had no idea originated in the military.
What does Arby’s stand for?
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! Learn the funny story behind another famous fast food chain name: Taco Bell.