Top 5 words you didn’t know were Acronyms
There are a lot of words that are abbreviations that people use every day. For example, ASAP (As soon as possible), BYOB (bring your own booze), and more, are common acronyms that many people know the meaning of.
However, there are some words that people don’t know are acronyms. Did you ever think how some things got their names? Well, their names are actually acronyms for what they are or who made them.
Here are the top 5 words you didn’t know were acronyms.
You know the little light you use to drive your cat wild? The lights we see at festivals and concerts that we commonly call lasers. Did you know laser is actually an acronym and stands for ‘light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation?’
Have you ever gone scuba diving? Did you ever wonder why it is such a funny word? Well, that’s because it actually stands for ‘Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.’ The tank on your back is actually called a scuba and helps you breathe underwater.
Did you know the taser is actually named after a person? Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle, or taser, is a handheld device that incapacitates a person by transmitting a 50,000-volt electric shock. The inventor, Jack Cover, named it after his favorite children’s book character, Tom Swift.
You know that box you send your friend/loved one when they are feeling down that you would call a care package. Did you think it was because you were taking care of them? It is actually an abbreviation for Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe Packages. They originated after World War II. Eventually the name changed to Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere.
Is actually an acronym for its five regions Punjab, Afghan, Kashmir, I (thrown in there for it to make sense), Sind, BaluchisTAN.
Did you know these common words were actually acronyms? What other words do you know that are acronyms?