language Acronyms With Obscure Origins  

Benjamin Dunn
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You know there are words that we say that are actually comprised of other words? They are called Acronyms. There are some that most people know, like ATM (Automated Teller Machine) or PIN (Personal Information Number). Then there are others that people use all the time without knowing that they are actually acronyms.

The ones below are just a few examples. Please add any that have been missed.

NATO is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization

The 13 Most Evil U.S. Government Experiments on Humans The Best Qualities in a Woman

LASER is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
LASER Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

GED is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
GED General Education Development

RSVP is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
RSVP Répondez S'il Vous Plaît

HTML is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
HTML Hypertext Markup Language

VISA is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
VISA Visa International Services Association

SCUBA is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
Greg Stopera added SCUBA Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

FUBU is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
Greg Stopera added FUBU For Us By Us

FHM is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
Greg Stopera added FHM For Him Magazine

KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
Greg Stopera added KRS-One Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone

IGN is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
David Jones added IGN Imagine Games Network

JPEG is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
David Jones added JPEG Joint Photographic Experts Group

AM/FM is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
Lon Harris added AM/FM Amplitude Modulation/Frequency Modulation

PEBKAC is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
Sparky added PEBKAC Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair

SNAFU is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
Cerberus added SNAFU Situation normal: all f***ed up

AM/PM is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
Cerberus added AM/PM ante-meridiem (before noon) and post-meridiem (after noon)

Fubar - F***ed Up Beyond All R... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Acronyms With Obscure Origins
Robin Holland added Fubar - F***ed Up Beyond All Recog