15 Everyday Words That Are Actually Acronyms or Abbreviations

The 'PATRIOT' Act is a real stretch.
15 Everyday Words That Are Actually Acronyms or Abbreviations

The PIN in “PIN number” is an acronym that stands for “Personal Input Number,” so if you say “PIN number” you’re actually saying “Personal Input Number Number.” However, unfortunately, if you’re one of those people who leaps at the chance to point that out every time you can, you’re an A-hole — an abbreviation in which the A represents the word “ass.”

ATM machine is the same. Yeah, sometimes someone will refer to putting their PIN number into an ATM machine, and however infuriating it might be, you have to STFU.

Acronyms, in which the initial letters of a name or phrase form a shorter word, and abbreviations, in which a word or phrase is shortened, are all over the place, but a lot of them are so frequently used that it’s easy to not realize they’re shortened forms of something more chunky.

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Scuba: Chunky to Wear, Clunky to Say in Full

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The USA Patriot Act: Great Work, Anonymous Government Person

CRACKED Someone in the government worked really hard on this one - in full it's known as the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act. Well done!


Care Package: More Complicated Than You’d Think

CRACKED Care package makes sense as a name - a package sent because you care. Straightforward as fuck. But it isn't! The phrase originated with the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe After World War II, later renamed Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere.


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