Did you know that acronyms have become so widely used in modern language that some common words are actually acronyms? You may have been using these words without realizing their origins!
You’re probably aware of the term ‘care packages’, as in the gift boxes you send to people as a pick-me-up. However, you may not be aware that ‘care’ is an acronym! CARE in ‘CARE packages’ stands for Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, a humanitarian agency founded in 1945. In the aftermath of World War II, the organization sent food relief in these packages.
Gifs, the delightful animated images that loop endlessly on the computer, have caused much debate on the word’s pronunciation. Whether you pronounce it as ‘gif’ or ‘jif’, something that doesn’t garner as much attention is that GIF is actually an acronym that stands for Graphics Interchange Format.
Test your knowledge of some popular acronyms with this fun quiz! See if your acronym game is up to the mark by scoring at least a 12 out of a possible 15.