An acronym is a word that’s made up of the first letters of a series of words — like NASCAR or scuba. It’s not just an abbreviation like F.B.I. or U.S.A. — the fancy name for those is initialism.
Test your knowledge and get the 411 on acronyms — from ASAP to ZIP codes — with the quiz below.
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Define the acronym in bold.The Navy SEAL team took the beach by night.
Navy SEALs attack by Sea, Air and Land.
Before you go to college, you better fill out your FAFSA.
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Jeff Gordon is a huge NASCAR star.
NASCAR stands for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.
President Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
The USA PATRIOT Act is short for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act.
Dr. Evil wanted sharks with laser beams on their heads.
Laser stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. (And no, he didn’t get sharks. He got sea bass.)
Do you want to get scuba certified before your trip to the Bahamas?
Scuba’s short for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
NASA decided to go ahead with the shuttle launch.
NASA stands for the National Aeronautics & Space Administration.
The Stealth Bomber is invisible to radar.
Radar, or Radio Detection And Ranging, was developed in Germany.
Submarines use sonar to find their way.
The echolocation technology, sonar, stands for Sound Navigation and Ranging.
The soldier got court-martialled for going AWOL.
AWOL is Absent WithOut Leave.
A local police officer taught my school’s DARE class.
DARE is short for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
We sold red ribbons to support AIDS research.
AIDS is short for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. HIV is the initalism for Human Immuno-deficiency Virus.
“Get me that report ASAP,” barked the commander.
ASAP is As Soon As Possible.
If you don’t include the ZIP code, the letter won’t get there.
The ZIP in ZIP code is the Zone Improvement Plan.
ICE stands for:
ICE, or in case of emergency, is a nationally recognized term for emergency contacts. To stay safe, place your emergency info under ICE in your cellphone’s contact list.