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Can you name the words that the letters stand for in these acronyms, officially used by the US government?
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Sep 17th, 2010 at 03:29 GMT
I had three main reasons for my choices: to cover each letter of the alphabet (except Q,X,& Y, which didn't have acronyms), use fairly well-known acronyms, and avoid overlap with the words.
Thanks again to sproutcm for the original idea:
Also try PlanetBoyPhil's TV Edition:
and my NCAA Edition:
Sep 17th, 2010 at 05:56 GMT
Some of these aren't really US government things, but international things. While I know that isn't a direct requirement in your description, I think you'd have a more cohesive quiz if you went that route. (Also, the US Government uses PTO to stand for Paid Time Off as well, so that should be an acceptable alternate answer).
Sep 17th, 2010 at 13:30 GMT
@Matt91486 Now they are all U.S. acronyms. Also, I removed PTO due to ambiguity.
Sep 17th, 2010 at 17:35 GMT
The plurals were killing me, I put Center, Communication, and Veteran and all I needed was to add an "s". Oh well
Sep 17th, 2010 at 21:03 GMT
Sep 18th, 2010 at 04:34 GMT
I always thought it was Center (not centers) for Disease control... Either the one here refers to the facilities in both Atlanta and Moscow, or I've had it wrong for years - a shame since I've lived near Atlanta my entire life.
Sep 18th, 2010 at 04:48 GMT
It is Center
for Disease Control (see http://www.cdc.gov/). Common mistake.
Sep 20th, 2010 at 13:04 GMT
Not exactly a mistake, just out of date. Center for Disease Control was correct. . .between 1970 and 1980. Communicable Disease Center was correct from 1946-1967. I presume that the quiz has been updated since Matt91486 made his comment as they are all US acronyms now.
Apr 18th, 2011 at 06:54 GMT
Solid quiz. Hard enough, not too hard. Nice work.
Game published: Oct 3rd, 2011 at 04:03 GMT
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 05:38 GMT
In my whole life of writing down ZIP codes, I never knew ZIP stood for anything ... thanks Sporcle.
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 06:07 GMT
Are the answers actually initialisms, though? It says "enter initialism in the box below," but isn't the initialism what's already given, such as FCC or TSA (or in the case of clues like NASA or OSHA, acronyms)? And now I'm curious, is there a term for the individual words that make up an initialism/acronym?
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Oct 3rd, 2011 at 06:15 GMT
Can we accept aeronautic for NASA? I entered it with no plural and with an "al" ending with no luck.... Is MSA a government term? I use it and variations daily at work and think of them as demographer/real estate terms. That one stands out as not belonging to me, at least in terms of its common usage because it's not really a governmental dept or program, but it might have originated with the Feds.
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Oct 3rd, 2011 at 06:17 GMT
Oh, and WAAAAYYY too US-centric. ;-)
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 07:36 GMT
Since when are the Black Eyed Peas a federal program? I didn't realize the government paid Fergie's salary.
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 10:12 GMT
"A thousand eyes...twisted tail...trapped forever! EPA! EPA!"
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 12:32 GMT
I never would've guessed what does JAG stand for if not for Catherine Bell.
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 13:13 GMT
The fact that many of these are not really acronyms notwithstanding, I've never seen some of these in this form, such as LOC and KSC.
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 13:38 GMT
I agree with Tony_A. I have seen LOC b/c I'm working on a dissertation, but I've never seen KSC or even BEP in an acronym. But good quiz.
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 15:24 GMT
In the main page tagline, "it's" should be "its." Come on, Sporcle. ;)
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 15:51 GMT
The stats page shows only the individual words. But for the whole initialisms you must take the less guessed word of each one (only if you know all the words you know the meaning of the initialism). So the percentages of right answers are: IRS 87.2, EPA 83.1, CDC 71.7, DEA 71.4, FCC 64.9, ATF 61.8, USCG 61.3, KSC 60.7, VA 60.4, TSA 59.9, NASA 58.9, HUD 57.6, OSHA 49.8, ROTC 45.1, JAG 42.9, LOC 18.5, SSS 18.4, ZIP 9.9, BEP 7.8 and MSA 6.2. No surprise IRS is the best known (even I knew it... not being from the U.S.) "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes" (Benjamin Franklin).
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 17:22 GMT
TSA: Testicle Safety Assessors.
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Oct 3rd, 2011 at 19:08 GMT
Here's what TTH stands for: Taxes Too High
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 21:01 GMT
This was a really interesting quiz. Learn a few I did no know.
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 22:15 GMT
It's the freakin' FCC!
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 22:40 GMT
Can you accept "aeronautic" for aeronautics? I tried aeronautic and aeronautical, but never thought to add the s. I just assumed I had the wrong word. You already accept shortened versions of other answers (metro for metropolitan), so I'm not asking too much.
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 23:51 GMT
Anybody else know these because of The West Wing? Great quiz, puckett86.
Oct 4th, 2011 at 01:57 GMT
I'm learning a lot from this quiz and that's a good thing.
Oct 4th, 2011 at 05:27 GMT
For those who feel too smug or too frustrated or too underchallenged, there's a Sporcle quiz of British or UK abbreviations (not mine), where you can guess what NUFC and HMRC stand for.
Oct 5th, 2011 at 17:31 GMT
Every librarian I have known and worked with refers to the Library of Congress as "LC," not "LoC." The OCLC is the Online Catalogue of the Libray of Congress, the two main cataloguing systems are Dewey Decimal and LC, and LCSH are the Libray of Congress Subject Headings.
Oct 6th, 2011 at 03:35 GMT
There is no limit to the number of sequels this quiz could have. The United States Government operates under two official languages: English, and Acronyms.
Oct 9th, 2011 at 04:31 GMT
@Tony_A: Anyone in Florida would know that KSC is Kennedy Space Center. However, I agree I've never heard the Library of Congress referred to as LOC.
Oct 13th, 2011 at 23:45 GMT
CRAZY too much time. That said, some of your answers might be correct technically, but are not referred to by their initials even by people who work in the government. A better "K" would be KSA; a better "L" would be LC. Also, CDC's first C is plural, so giving it away with the singular version's cheap!
Oct 24th, 2011 at 01:24 GMT
I really like this format. Could you tell me the settings you used to be able to create this?
Jan 12th, 2012 at 07:41 GMT
Would be nice if you accepted "veteran" as well as "veterans"
Jan 28th, 2013 at 00:22 GMT
And we'd all be far better off without all of these.
Apr 24th, 2013 at 21:30 GMT
Don't think we'd be better off without ZIP codes. And MSA is useful for lots of things; I knew it because I had to do a large project on recycling in the nation.
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