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27 Acronyms of Famous Businesses

1. BMW – Bavarian Motor Works

2. TASER – Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle, a 1911 science fiction novel by Victor Appleton that imagined an electric gun

3. ZIP Code – Zone Improvement Plan Code, which was created to improve the efficiency of the USPS

4. M&M’s – Mars and Murrie, the last name of company founders Forrest Mars, Sr. and Bruce Murrie

5. GEICO – Government Employees Insurance Company

6. SMART Car – Swatch Mercedes Art. This name came about because this line of compact vehicles is the product of a collaboration between Swatch and Mercedes-Benz.

7. CVS – Consumer Value Stores

8. A&W – the A and W of A&W represent the last names of this fast-food franchise’s founders, Roy Allen and Frank Wright

9. JBL – James B. Lansing

10. CAPTCHA – Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart

11. HSBC – Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

12. FIAT – Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, which translates, appropriately, to “Italian automobile factory of Turin.”

13. PAM – Product of Arthur Meyerhoff

14. H&M – Hennes & Mauritz

15. AFLAC – American Family Life Assurance Company

16. IBM – International Business Machines

17. JCPenney – James Cash Penney

18. L.L. BEAN – Leon Leonwood Bean (the founder)

19. REI – Recreational Equipment, Inc.

20. NECCO – New England Confectionery Company

21. 3M – Originally called the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company

22. TCBY – The Country’s Best Yogurt

23. YMCA – Young Men’s Christian Association

24. YKK – Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha, which translates to Yoshida Manufacturing Corporation in English

25. UPS – United Parcel Service

26. ALF – Alien Life Form

27. ESPN – Entertainment and Sports Programming Network

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