27 Popular Company Acronyms And What They Mean

BMW – Bavarian Motor Works

TASER – Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle, a 1911 science fiction novel by Victor Appleton that imagined an electric gun

ZIP Code – Zone Improvement Plan Code, which was created to improve the efficiency of the USPS

GEICO – Government Employees Insurance Company


M&M’s – Mars and Murrie, the last name of company founders Forrest Mars, Sr. and Bruce Murrie

SMART Car – Swatch Mercedes Art. This name came about because this line of compact vehicles is the product of a collaboration between Swatch and Mercedes-Benz.

CVS – Consumer Value Stores

A&W – the A and W of A&W represent the last names of this fast-food franchise’s founders, Roy Allen and Frank Wright

JBL – James B. Lansing

CAPTCHA – Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart


HSBC – Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

FIAT – Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, which translates, appropriately, to “Italian automobile factory of Turin.”

PAM – Product of Arthur Meyerhoff

H&M – Hennes & Mauritz

AFLAC – American Family Life Assurance Company

IBM – International Business Machines

JCPenney – James Cash Penney

L.L. BEAN – Leon Leonwood Bean (the founder)

REI – Recreational Equipment, Inc.

NECCO – New England Confectionery Company

3M – Originally called the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company

TCBY – The Country’s Best Yogurt

YMCA – Young Men’s Christian Association

YKK – Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha, which translates to Yoshida Manufacturing Corporation in English

UPS – United Parcel Service

ALF – Alien Life Form

ESPN – Entertainment and Sports Programming Network

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