In the current fast-paced world, acronyms are something that people have been constantly using. It not only helps to you shorten long sentences but saves time and obviously energy. Regardless of how old you are, you always tend to learn something new every day. I too, have learnt something new about words that were actually acronyms and thought of sharing them with you guys. Always remember, it is KEY to “Keep Educating Yourself”. There you go, an acronym right there which I never knew even existed. So, lets begin!
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Okay, so this acronym might be simple to most of you but trust me for me it wasn’t. I always thought that “BAE” was a short term for babe (as in calling your boyfriend or girlfriend). Little did I know that “BAE” was actually an acronym and it stood for “before anyone else”. I’m so silly, right? Well, I guess I’m old.
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When I came to know that “CAPTCHA” was not a word but an acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart”, my mind literally blew. I remember solving tons of captcha’s where you have to enter an illegible string of alpha-numericals before entering a website to prove them that you’re actually human. Not even once it crossed my mind to find the meaning of captcha. Well, better late than never, right?
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In 1987 an American scientist named Steve Wilhite invented the widely used “GIF”. Billions of people across the globe use gif’s while texting to make chats more interesting. I never knew that “GIF” was an acronym for ‘Graphic Interchange Format’ and that it should be pronounced as “jiff” and not “giff”. Okay, I knew about the pronunciation part.
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We all know about the famous Swedish company IKEA, but I bet not many knew that it itself is an acronym for Ingvar Kamprad (the founder), Elmtaryd (the farm in which Ingvar grew up) and Agunnaryd (the village in which Ingvar grew up). Woah, isn’t that too much to process all at once?
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Nowadays ‘laser’ is treated as word but did you know that it was an acronym before? Well, neither did I! The word laser meant “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” and now its almost gone into extinction. Why? Because you won’t find a person saying “lets go play light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation tag”. They would simply say “lets go play laser tag”.
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Scuba Diving is sport done under waters and is something I really want to try before its too late. I’ll make sure to give it a try but before that, did anyone know that the word “Scuba” is actually a bloody acronym. “WHAAAAT?” My reaction exactly. Scuba stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Wow, pretty dope, nah?
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This is an acronym that has been used generations after generations and funnily it keeps changing. In the early 60’s or so, SWAG meant Secretly We Are Gay”. The current generation knows swag as “Stuff We All Get”. There are many more acronyms for swag that people use such as “Stupid Wild-Ass Guess”, “Still Wondering and Guessing”, She Wants A Gentleman” and many more. So, have you found your “SWAG” yet?
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There are many more acronyms out there which you or I haven’t even heard about. If you have any such acronyms which are similar to the ones shared by me, you are free to share them with me in the comments below. I’ll be reading!