Wednesday, 30 May 2012

31 Acronyms and Initials All Spelled Out


For the past few weeks, every time I saw an acronym or initials, I took a picture. You know the brands, authors, and pieces of legislation, but do you know what all those letters stand for?

1. BMW


BMW means Bayerische Motoren Werke, which translates to “Bavarian Motor Works.”

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2. L.L. Bean


The company was founded by Leon Leonwood Bean.
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3. CVS


CVS originally stood for Consumer Value Stores. Over time the name became simply CVS.
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4. YKK


Those letters on seemingly every zipper stand for Yoshida Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha, which translates to “Yoshida Manufacturing Corporation.”
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5. A&W


The A and W of A&W are (Roy) Allen and (Frank) Wright.
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6. M&M’s


M&M’s stands for Mars & Murrie’s, the last names of the candy’s founders. Matt Soniak recently wrote about Forrest Mars, Sr. and Bruce Murrie’s famous partnership.
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7. 3M


3M is a shorter, snazzier way to say Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing.
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8. HSBC


HSBC stands for Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.
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9. TCBY


You probably know TCBY means The Country’s Best Yogurt, but it didn’t always. TCBY was “This Can’t Be Yogurt” until they were sued by I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt!, a rival frozen yogurt chain.
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10. Kmart


Kresge is the K in Kmart, for founder Sebastian S. Kresge.
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11. DSW Shoes


DSW is short for Designer Shoe Warehouse, which makes DSW Shoes the ATM machine and PIN number of the retail footwear game.
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12. JCPenney


James Cash Penney.
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13. CBS


Columbia Broadcasting System. (Earlier this year, Erica Hill, Charlie Rose and Gayle King started working mental_floss facts into CBS This Morning. Love seeing the facts on TV!)
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14. TASER


TASER stands for Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle. (Nobody has whipped out a TASER around me of late, so I broke down and used a screenshot.)
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15. smart car


A collaboration between Swatch and Mercedes, smart car is short for Swatch Mercedes Art (car).
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16. ZIP Code


ZIP = Zone Improvement Plan. Smokey The Bear has his own ZIP Code. In case you want to fire off a fan letter, it’s 20252.
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17. USA PATRIOT Act


That’s the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” Act to you. Back to the photos…
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18. P.G. Wodehouse


Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse.
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19. A.A. Milne


Alan Alexander Milne.
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20. E.B. White


Elwyn Brooks White.
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21. P.D. Eastman


Philip Dey Eastman.
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22. Hunter S. Thompson


Hunter Stockton Thompson.
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23. J.R.R. Tolkien


John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.
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24. CC Sabathia


Carsten Charles Sabathia.
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25. Michael J. Fox


Michael J. Fox’s middle name is Andrew.
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26. NECCO


New England Confectionery COmpany.
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27. F.A.O. Schwarz


Frederick August Otto Schwarz founded the toy company with his brothers.
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28. DHL


DHL = (Adrian) Dalsey, (Larry) Hillblom and (Robert) Lynn.
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29. Chuck E. Cheese’s


Chuck E. Cheese’s middle name is Entertainment. (I believe reader Trivia Wayne told us that one.)
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30. ALF


Gordon Shumway’s nickname is an acronym for Alien Life Form.
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31. Rutherford B. Hayes


That B stands for Birchard. While we’re talking presidential middle names, don’t forget James Knox Polk, James Abram Garfield, Chester Alan Arthur, Warren Gamaliel Harding, and Richard Milhous Nixon.

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