We see them everywhere. They're in our closets and drawers, on our streets, and on our shelves. Hiding in plain sight just waiting to be unfolded and spelled out. Here is a list of some of the most common acronyms and initials you see everyday but have no idea what they mean.
1.BMW- BMW means Bayerische Motoren Werke or 'Bavarian Motor Works'
2.CVS- Consumer Value Stores
3.A&W- Roy Allen and Frank Wright
4.M&M's- Mars & Murries, a famous partnership between the candy creators
5.3M- Minnesota Mining Manufacturing
6.Kmart- After the founder Sebastian S. Kresge
7.JCPenney- James Cash Penney
8.L.L. Bean- Named after its founder Leon Leonwood Bean
9.ZIP Code- ZIP or 'Zone Improvement Plan'
10.Hunter S. Thompson- Hunter Stockton Thompson
11.YKK- You'll find these familiar letters on nearly every zipper YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikigaisha translating to 'Yoshida Manufacturing Corporation'
12.J.R.R. Tolkien-John Reuel Tolkien
13.GEICO- Government Employees Insurance Company
14.CC Sabathia- Carsten Charles Sabathia
15.NECCO- New England Confectionary Company
16.F.A.O. Schwarz- Co-founder Frederick August Otto Schwarz
17.ALF- Alien Life Form
18.AT&T- American Telephone & Telegraph
19.DHL- Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillbolm and Robert Lynn
20.IBM- International Business Machine
21.TASER- Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle
22.NASDAQ- National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System
So there it is. Twenty Two of the most common abbreviations around. Next time you see one can impress your friends with your giant knowledge filled brain. Just remember where you got that knowledge and keep coming back!