Oh, how we love our acronyms here in the USA. >United States of America<. We’d love to see the USA >see above< in our Chevrolet and let our GPS >Global Positioning System< estimate our ETA .>estimated time of arrival< for us. The AAA >American Automobile Association< will supply the maps.
I learned my first acronyms with FDR >Franklin Delano Roosevelt< and his “new deal” when he created the NRA >National Recovery Act< and gave it the slogan “we serve” long before WWII >World War Two<.
I’ll bet you know a lot yourselves. Drag your cursor over the acronym to see what it represents.
MPG MILES PER GALLON
GM cars and trucks GENERAL MOTORS
GM food stuffs GENERAL MILLS
GM on teletype or in email GOOD MORNING
CHP will give you a ticket for speeding in my state, but yours would be different CALIFONIA HIGHWAY PATROL
UCLA and USC are football rivals UNIVERSITY OF CALIFONIA, LOS ANGELES AND UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
USS precedes the names of vessels UNITED STATES STEAMSHIP
USS makes the stuff they are made of UNITED STATES STEEL
USCG tells them where to go UNITED STATES COAST GUARD
SOS sometimes means SAVE OUR SHIP
OPEC controls the fuel they use ORGANIZATION OF THE PETROLEUM EXPORTING COUNTRIES
UN monitors the results UNITED NATIONS
FDA checks purity of edibles FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
FCC watches what you broadcast FEDERAL COMMINICATIONS COMMISSION
FAA watches where you fly FEDERAL AVIATION AUTHORITY
MSRP is what you could pay for your new car MANUFACTORERS SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE.
ACLU protects minorities AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
NAACP does too. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE