12 Famous Abbreviations And Acronyms And What They Really Mean

NABISCO

NABISCO

Meaning; National Biscuit Company

H & M

H & M

Meaning; this Swedish company used to be simply called "Hennes" which translates to English as "Her". Of course, they had to change things when they added their first line of men's clothing, so the company's founder, Erling Persson, changed the name to H&M (M for Mauritz) when he acquired the hunting apparel retailer Mauritz Widforssin 1968.



IMAX

IMAX

Meaning; Far more simple than H&M. IMAX simply means Image Maximum

WiFi

WiFi

Meaning; Wireless Fidelity



Radar

Radar

Meaning; I bet there's a lot of people who never even knew that this was anything but a made-up word. You know, like, that's just what they call it, in much the same way as your parents decided to call you "David" or whatever. Not so...

It stands for Radio Detection And Ranging.

The "Re" in Emails

The "Re" in Emails

Meaning; despite the fact that many believe it to be short for "reply", what it originally meant is "regarding".



Canola Oil

Canola Oil

Meaning; again, another one we thought that's just what it's called. But it does have a meaning. It's Canadian Oil, Low Acid.

Yahoo!

Yahoo!

Meaning; Yet Another Hierarchical Official Oracle



CVS

CVS

Meaning; Consumer Value Stores

WD-40

WD-40

Meaning; Water Displacement 40th Formula (or attempt). It was creator, Norman Larsson's 40th go at trying to get it right which was successful.



USA Patriot Act

USA Patriot Act

Meaning; okay so the "Patriot Act" bit is just words we already know the meaning of and the "USA" bit is pretty self-explanatroy, right?

Not so fast... The "US" in "USA" actually stands for "Uniting and Strengthening". It's official title is "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001".

BMW

BMW

Meaning; Bayerische Motoren Werke AG