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An acronym is a word made of initial letters of other words.

How Many of These Do You Know?

AM/FM - (Do you like music or talk radio?)
Amplitude Modulation/Frequency Modulation

A&P - (Do you shop here?)
Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company

ATM - (Get your money anytime, oh how nice!)
Automated Teller Machine

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations

BASIC - (You need to start somewhere)
Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

Baden Aniline and Soda Factory

BMW - (I don't have one)
Barvarian Motor Works

British Thermal Unit

BVD - (As in "underwear")
Bradley, Voorhies, and Day

CGI - (Internet in script)
Common Gateway Interface

CPR - (I hope you don't ever need this!)
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

CARE - (As in "Care" package)
Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere

CAT - (As in "cat scan")
Computerized Axial Tomography

DNS - (Internet term)
Domain Name Service

EPCOT - (As in "EPCOT Center" in Orlando, Fla.)
Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

FTP - (Upload, download)
File Transfer Protocol

FUBAR - (Mel Gibson had a different version in one of his movies)
Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition

FNMA - (As in "Fannie Mae")
Federal National Mortgage Association

FLAK - (Has anyone been giving you any of this?)
Fliegerabwehrkanonen (aircraft defense gun)

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Geheime Staatspolizei (secret state police)

HDL - (As in cholesterol reading)
High-Density Lipoprotein

HIV - (As in "AIDS")
Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HTML - (The language used to create this page)
Hypertext Markup Language

HTTP - (The language of the Web)
Hypertext Transfer Protocol

IRA - (Will you be a burden on your children?)
Individual Retirement Account

ISDN - (Faster than modulation/demodulation)
Intergrated Services Digital Network

ISP - (Mine is America On Line)
Internet Service Provider

International Standard Book Number

INRI - (You see this on crucifixes)
Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum (Latin for Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews)

Joint Photographic Experts Group

JVC - (My VCR is this brand)
Japan Victor Company

KLM - (Fly Me!)
Koninglijke Luchtvaart Maatschapij (Royal Dutch Airline)

Liquid Crystal Display

Light-Emitting Diode

LASER - (As in beam, printer, surgery etc.)
Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

3M - (You know the company that makes Scotch Tape)
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing

MASH - (Hawkeye and Hot Lips where are you?)
Mobile Army Surgical Hospital

MIDI - (Lovely music for your computer)
Musical Instrument Digital Interface

MODEM - (If you are reading must have one!)
Modulation Demodulation

Microwave Communications of America, Inc.

Soviet military aircraft named after the designers, Mikoyanand Gurevich

M&M - (Melts in your mouth, not in your hand!)
Mars and Murray

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Not In My Back Yard

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

POP - (Get your e-mail)
Post Office Protocol

Polyvinyl Chloride

RADAR - (Thank you to Rob Hasenpfeffer for this one)
Radio Detection And Ranging

RCA - (Whatever happened to that cute dog?)
Radio Corporation of America

Recommended Daily Allowance

Reserve Officers Training Corps

Revolutions Per Minute

RAM - (I got 32 mgs)
Random Access Memory

ROM - (As in CD)
Read Only Memory

Rural-Free Delivery

Rh - (As in "factor")
Rhesus monkey

SCUBA - (As in scuba diving)
Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

SETI - (Do do dodo do do dodo)
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Standard Operating Procedure

Sun Protection Factor

SPOOL - (As in a printer spool, where documents get stored while they are waiting to be
.................... printed. Thank you to J. Evan Megard for this one.)

Simultaneous Peripheral Operation On Line

Sealed With A Kiss

Special Weapons And Tactics


UHF - (Other people's children's screams! Only kidding)
Ultra-High Frequency

United Nations International Childrens's Emergency Fund

URL - (Mine is:
Uniform Resource Locator

VCR - (I have a JVC VCR)
Videocassette Recorder

Video Home System

VRML - (3-D on the Web)
Virtual Reality Modeling Language

WWW - (In my opinion - one very cool place!)
World Wide Web

ZIP - (As in Zip Code)
Zone Improvement Plan

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