Do You Know What These Acronyms Stand For?
This Word Power quiz keeps it brief with a roundup of useful acronyms from the worlds of IT, HR and EMS, among others. Pronouncing them is as easy as ABC: Just recite the letters and you’ll be GTG. ID these terms ASAP, then scroll to the next card to see the answers spelled out.
What does TBD stand for?
a) To be determined
b) Terribly bad day
c) Tactical business development
What does ESL stand for?
a) Earnings, savings and loans
b) Elementary-school level
c) English as a second language
Answer: c) English as a second language
As in, “Miss Jacobs spoke slowly to help her ESL students follow along.”
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Answer: b) Depends on experience
As in, “Andréanne felt hesitant to apply for jobs that listed the salary as DOE.”
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What does P&L stand for?
a) Parsley and lemon
b) Position and location
c) Profit and loss
Answer: c) Profit and loss
As in, “Every publicly traded company must issue P&L statements regularly.”
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What does GMO stand for?
a) Genetically modified organism
b) Give me one
c) Guaranteed mail order
Answer: a) Genetically modified organism
As in, “So far, there are no signs that GMOs are unsafe for human consumption.”
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Answer: a) Someone else’s problem
As in, “Malcolm dismissed the fallen stop sign as SEP and kept walking.”
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What does PS stand for?
a) Print supplement
c) Parting statement
Answer: b) Postscript
As in, “Sara added a hasty PS to her letter after realizing she’d left out a key piece of information.”
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What does ABC stand for?
a) Against book censorship
b) Airway, breathing and circulation
c) Access to basic care
Answer: b) Airway, breathing and circulation
As in, “The paramedic checked Lev’s ABCs and concluded he wouldn’t need CPR.”
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Answer: a) Uniform resource locator
As in, “Ravneet typed in the URL of the store’s website to check the return policy.”
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What does ROM stand for?
a) Royal order of merit
b) Rate of mortality
c) Range of motion
Answer: c) Range of motion
As in, “Debbie worried about losing the ROM in her arthritic shoulder.”
What does SPF stand for?
a) Sensor pixel format
b) Sun-protection factor
c) Single-parent family
Answer: b) Sun-protection factor
As in, “Bill’s skin burned easily, so he always chose a high-SPF sunscreen.”
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Answer: c) Smoke-free, pet-free
As in, “Secondhand items sell more easily when they’re from an SFPF home.”
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What does LCD stand for?
a) Low-cholesterol diet
b) Liquid-crystal display
c) Local courier delivery
Answer: b) Liquid-crystal display
As in, “The salesperson rattled on about the advantages of LCD TV screens.”
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What does JGI stand for?
a) Just Google it
b) Junior-grade infantry
c) judgment of guilt or innocence
Answer: a) Just Google it
As in, “When his brother texted him asking how to boil an egg, Pranjal told him: JGI.”
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Answer: b) Too much information
As in, “Nefeli wondered if some of the details in her story were TMI.”
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The Acronym Everybody Gets Wrong
Many think SOS is short for “save our ship,” but it doesn’t really stand for anything! This sequence of letters was chosen because it’s easy to type in Morse code and hard to mistake for anything else. When the Titanic was sinking, it transmitted SOS signals and another, now-defunct emergency call: CQD, which, according to unofficial sources, could have been derived from the French “sécurité” or the English “seek you.” What is certain is that “D” stood for danger or distress.
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