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British Acronyms

Here are a list of acronyms related to the British Isles. Can you guess which each letter stands for?
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Last updated: December 14, 2019
First submittedSeptember 12, 2013
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UK
United
Kingdom
 
RAF
Royal
Air
Force
 
GB
Great
Britain
 
EPL
English
Premier
League
PM
Prime
Minister
 
NHS
National
Health
Service
 
VC
Victoria
Cross
 
SNP
Scottish
National
Party
BBC
British
Broadcasting
Corporation
 
MP
Member
(of)
Parliament
 
TA
Territorial
Army
HMS
Her
Majesty's
Ship
 
IRA
Irish
Republican
Army
 
OBE
Order
(of the)
British
Empire
OED
Oxford
English
Dictionary
 
SAS
Special
Air
Service
 
BP
British
Petroleum
VAT
Value
Added
Tax
 
HoC
House
(of)
Commons
 
LSE
London
School
(of)
Economics
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Level 32
Sep 21, 2013
The IRA isn't British. The clue is in the name.
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Level 78
Oct 31, 2013
The IRA operates in Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK but not part of Great Britain. "British" can refer to something relating to Great Britain but it can and often is used to mean something relating to the United Kingdom. Therefore, the IRA is appropriate to include in a quiz about British things.
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Level 76
Apr 9, 2017
In the same way that the SNP don't want to be in the least associated with Britain but still appear here, presumably.
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Level 60
Aug 7, 2017
The IRA clearly does not see themselves as British, hence they shouldn't be included in the quiz. With that logic, any organisation that's ever operated on British soil could be part of the quiz
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Level 59
Aug 7, 2017
Absolutely Borgir. Spot on. Nailed it bang to rights.
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Level 65
Aug 7, 2017
The quiz's description says 'related to the British Isles'. Not 'things that are British'. As the IRA operates within the British Isles, geographically speaking before one looks at Eire and Ulster differences, they are welcome in this quiz.
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Level 78
Aug 7, 2017
"any organisation that's ever operated on British soil could be part of the quiz"

right.
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Level 73
Aug 15, 2017
The IRA was formed in the early 1900s, opposed to British rule of the United Kingdom (of GB & Ireland). Therefore it originated in the UK as it was then - where's the problem?
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Level 62
Apr 3, 2020
No, just Ireland.
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Level 78
Oct 31, 2013
What about Mi-6
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Level 74
Oct 31, 2013
only 38 percent got epl?
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Level 45
May 11, 2015
Never heard it called that, it's usually referred to as the Premiership.
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Level 68
Apr 9, 2017
Yeah, EPL is used by no one IN the UK, only those outside it. Not sure it should really be on here, though I guess you can make a case for it.
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Level 45
Aug 7, 2017
I've always called it the premier league, nothing else
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Level 69
Feb 6, 2020
Born and bred in England and never heard of it. It's pretty boring anyway - the ball's the wrong shape.
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Level 60
Nov 1, 2013
Never heard HoC used - usually just called 'Commons' - but could just be me.
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Level 56
Nov 5, 2013
It's just you.
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Level 87
Mar 26, 2016
No it's not. I've never heard HoC used by anyone. It's easy enough to guess, but not in general use.
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Level 66
Aug 7, 2017
Agreed, live in London my entire life and never heard anyone use an acronym for the House of Commons.
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Level 52
Sep 5, 2017
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Level 56
Nov 1, 2013
Dont think the IRA will be too happy about being included in British quiz lol
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Level 40
Dec 15, 2017
I doubt the IRA sit around doing quizzes on the internet, they've got other interests...
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Level 35
Nov 1, 2013
As a Brit, I knew what a lot of them referred to, but had to think about what they stood for. Mostly I guessed. Most of them I never hear used. "OED" I normally hear just called "the dictionary". "TA" I tend to hear the full form. "HoC" I have always heard in full form. You get the picture.
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Level 78
Nov 2, 2013
I hear OED used all the time but maybe because I'm an English major. Or are you saying that there are no other dictionaries in use in the UK?
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Level 66
Oct 6, 2019
Do you always specify the dictionary you use? If I check a dictionary I just say let me check the dictionary, no matter the publisher. (for everyday use, like each member of my family have other dictionaries and I never name the publishers. But for instance if you are on a site discussing origins of words I can imagine one mentions "this is what the OED" says. Or something along those lines. In cases the source really matters.

Actually because there are other dictionaries you use that word, it is an umbrella term for all of them. Just like when I ask someone if they are gonna come by car, I say car and not a specific make because there are many of them and in this example the make doesnt matter. Implying someone that uses the word car would therefore think there is only one make would be odd..

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Level 68
Apr 9, 2017
Yeah, that was the one I had never heard before. I hadn't a clue on it. I got the rest straight away. It's either called by it's full, unabbreviated, name in my experience or it's just called 'the dictionary' and used in a more generic sense. I think it may be one, like EPL, used by people outside the UK and virtually no one in the UK.
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Level 58
Aug 7, 2017
No, "OED" is very common amongst people who talk about words all the time, particularly crossword solvers.
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Level 53
Jul 8, 2014
15/21 - not bad for an American I suppose.
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Level 81
Jul 15, 2014
I got the same. Seeing the ones I missed, felt like I should have got a couple more.
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Level 77
Aug 7, 2017
The quiz must have changed since you took it. I scored 38/52, but I hope that's still not bad for an American.
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Level 68
Jun 7, 2015
"VC" also stands for "Village Church" and is often used in the names of primary schools :)
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Level 57
Aug 7, 2017
Dont think it is - they may have "C of E" school, but that is not really the same
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Level 59
Aug 10, 2017
In any case, it stands for "Voluntarily Controlled", not "Village Church", referring to the legal status of the school.
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Level 70
Feb 19, 2018
VC also stands for Vice Chancellor, the head of a university.
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Level 62
Feb 5, 2016
Would it be too generous to accept British Broadcasting Company?
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Level 57
Aug 7, 2017
Erm, yes! The C in BBC does not stand for Company, so why on earth should it be accepted? There used to be a British Broadcasting Company in the 1920s, but that was distinct from the BBC we now have.
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Level 73
Aug 15, 2017
As opposed to EBC, which did stand for Emu's Broadcasting Company
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Level 18
Mar 30, 2020
The British Broadcasting Company was dissolved and no longer exists. It's now known as the British Broadcasting Corporation. They are two different things.
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Level 74
May 11, 2016
OBE stands for 'Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire' in the same way that CBE stands for 'Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire'. The O in OBE stands for 'Officer' not 'Order'.
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Level 75
Apr 9, 2017
Indeed. In vast majority of cases OBE stands for Officer, though you could abbreviate also the order I guess, though I've never seen it.
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Level 72
May 4, 2017
Thank you! I thought I was going crazy.
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Level 37
Aug 30, 2018
Same here. My father was made an Officer of the Order of Oranje-Nassau, so I thought that the English equivalent would also be "Officer of...".
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Level 66
Aug 7, 2017
Definitely stands for 'Officer' otherwise you wouldn't be able to distinguish CBE, MBE etc.
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Level 62
May 7, 2019
Yes. Please change the answer to 'Officer'.
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Level 59
Jun 8, 2016
At last! A Local quiz for Local people (sorry, Brit comedy reference.) Had to scratch my head a little over EPL. I suppose we just think of it as THE Premier League! So arrogant....
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Level 44
Sep 25, 2016
Considering this is a "British Acronyms" quiz, it most certainly should not be the EPL. Maybe the title should be changed to "British Acronyms for non-Brits" - then EPL would be acceptable. We "think" of it as the Premier League, because that's its name.
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Level 75
Apr 9, 2017
It's really funny that everywhere else on JetPunk the shorter forms are the norm for the most famous examples and no clarification is needed (World Series, World Cup, Renaissance etc, also FA), except here.

We could make a quiz about American abbreviations and also invent a few acronyms like AMLB, NANHL etc
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Level 81
Apr 10, 2017
"There's nothing for you here!"
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Level 61
Feb 20, 2017
Of course...Territorial Army! And their most famous alumnus, Gareth Keenan.
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Level 73
Apr 9, 2017
At last, a quiz that doesn't accept "UK".
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Level 75
Apr 9, 2017
Apparently TA has been gone for almost 6 years.
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Level 18
Mar 30, 2020
I'm pretty sure it's all just known as the reserves now.
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Level 63
Jun 10, 2017
Of course I have heard of the English Premier League. Just never figured out EPL!
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Level 70
Aug 7, 2017
fun
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Level 59
Aug 7, 2017
I understand that the UK has a prime minister and has a value-added tax but why include them in "British Acronyms"? Most other countries have a PM as well and even more have a VAT.
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Level 60
Aug 7, 2017
VAT is another true acronym.
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Level 79
Aug 7, 2017
I thought EPL was a typo for Emerson Lake and Palmer.
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Level 69
Aug 7, 2017
Why on earth don't you read the title explanation before you start pontificating to show just what a clever clogs you are or, in this case, aren't? The title says "British Isles". The British Isles, as distinct from the United Kingdom, includes South Ireland/Ireland/Eire, whichever way you like to refer to the Republic of Ireland, and so any acronym that might be used in Dublin's fair city could be included since Dublin, and Ireland, are in the British Isles. That's a fact of Geography and has no political basis.
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Level 51
Aug 7, 2017
Boom 100% Fairly straightforward for anyone British.
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Level 71
Aug 7, 2017
LSE also is the London Stock Exchange. I used to work for the LSE, which happens to be located about a 20 minute walk from the university.
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Level 70
Aug 7, 2017
These are not acronyms, they are abbreviations. An acronym is an abbreviation that becomes a word, e.g. scuba.
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Level 69
Aug 7, 2017
100% on the money. In fact to me an IRA is an Individual Retirement Account. The Irish Republican Army is the I.R.A. However many abbreviations have become accepted as acronyms even though, grammatically, they are not.
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Level ∞
Aug 7, 2017
Some people make a distinction between acronyms and initialisms. Others do not.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acronym

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Level 73
Aug 15, 2017
To me it's George Gershwin's brother
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Level 69
Aug 7, 2017
This quiz is too America-centric.
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Level 81
Aug 7, 2017
This planet is too Jupiter-centric.
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Level 62
May 7, 2019
Heliocentric* :)
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Level 55
Aug 8, 2017
As an LSE student I'd say LSE is probably more widely known as London Stock Exchange.
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Level 73
Aug 15, 2017
As a member of neither, School of Economics every time
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Level 39
Aug 7, 2018
...in all my years on the planet LSE has always been the london school of economics...
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Level 72
Jan 8, 2018
BP did originally stand for British Petroleum, but hasn't for some decades.
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Level 37
Aug 30, 2018
What does it stand for now? -
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Level 62
May 7, 2019
I guess now it stands for Bee Pee.
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Level 78
Sep 24, 2018
So that BP station where I filled up my car this morning wasn't a British Petroleum station? I guess I'd better call them and let them know that they need to take down that sign.
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Level 73
May 6, 2019
Indeed - there was a bit of a uproar in certain parts of the British Media when, after Deepwater Horizon, Obama kept saying BRITISH petroleum (with that emphasis) to describe a half-American company that had changed its name to simply BP a good decade or more previously.
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Level 57
Aug 19, 2019
It hasn't been called the Territorial Army since 2014. Just called the Army Reserves now
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Level 59
Aug 19, 2019
Bloody Hell. Blast!
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Level 66
Oct 6, 2019
Apparently I dont know how to spell cooperation (hm according to spellcheck it IS ok like this.. I guess I have allways thought they were the same word or something) and other ones I didnt know were LSE, OBE, SNP ow and TA and VC (but got words of most of them). I thought I did pretty well, but still only beat half of the people. I guess some people avoid this quiz and the demographics of this quiz is different than usual.
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Level 59
Nov 27, 2019
2 1/2 minutes to spare. Easy. Being British probably helped!