The Meaning Behind Famous Acronyms And Initials

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Do you know what the “K” in K-Mart stands for?  How about the “J” in Michael J. Fox?  Finally, the meaning behind all those famous acronyms and initials all of us use on a daily basis.

Thanks to the website MentalFloss.com, now we have an explanation to LL Bean and what the “E” in Chuck E. Cheese stands for, check it out!

1. BMW: Bayerische Motoren Werke, translating to “Bavarian Motor Works.”

2. L.L.Bean: by its founder, Leon Leonwood Bean.

3. CVS (Pharmacy): Consumer Value Stores

4. The A and W of A&W: (Roy) Allen and (Frank) Wright.

5. M&M’s: stands for Mars & Murrie’s, the last names of the founders.

6. 3M (like scotch tape products and such): Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing.

7. TCBY: means The Country’s Best Yogurt, but it didn’t always. TCBY was “This Can’t Be Yogurt” until they were sued by I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt!, a rival frozen yogurt chain.

8. The K in Kmart: Kresge is the K in Kmart, for founder Sebastian S. Kresge.

9. DSW: Designer Shoe Warehouse.

10. JCPenney: James Cash Penney

**FUN FACT: Sam Walton interned with James Cash Penney at JCPenney and then later went on to create and produce a multi-billion dollar company. Ever hear of a place called “Wal Mart?”

11. CBS: Colombia Broadcasting System

12. TASER: stands for Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle.

13. SMART car: A combination of Swatch and Mercedes, smart car is short for Swatch Mercedes Art (car).

14. ZIP (code): Zone Improvement Plan.

15. USA PATRIOT ACT: “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” Act.

16. Michael J. Fox: His middle name is Andrew.  The “J” stands for nothing.

17. Necco Wafers: New England Confectionery Company.

18. F.A.O. Schwarz: Frederick August Otto Schwarz founded the toy company with his brothers.

19. DHL: (Adrian) Dalsey, (Larry) Hillblom and (Robert) Lynn.

20. Chuck E. Cheese’s middle name: Entertainment.

21. ALF: Gordon Shumway’s nickname is an acronym for Alien Life Form.

(Mental Floss)

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