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Here are a list of acronyms related to the British Isles. Can you guess which each letter stands for?
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UK
RAF
GB
EPL
PM
NHS
VC
SNP
BBC
MP
(of)
TA
HMS
IRA
OBE
(of the)
OED
SAS
BP
VAT
HoC
(of)
LSE
(of)
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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 73
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 74
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 59
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 55
Aug 7, 2017
Absolutely Borgir. Spot on. Nailed it bang to rights.
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level 61
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 73
Aug 7, 2017
"any organisation that's ever operated on British soil could be part of the quiz"

right.
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level 33
Aug 7, 2017
he knew that Northern Ireland was in the UK he did not know the ira was in Northern Ireland. I hate it when people explain it to you like they are more knowledgeable he was making a guess for god sake
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level 43
Oct 31, 2013
slightly amusing though
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level 27
Aug 9, 2017
It does state "British Isles", which is a geographical entity and contains both the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (as well as the Isle of Man).
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level 70
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 73
Oct 31, 2013
What about Mi-6
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level 58
Oct 31, 2013
Too British.
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level 57
Oct 31, 2013
lol
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level 67
Oct 31, 2013
only 38 percent got epl?
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level 50
Oct 31, 2013
I have never heard anyone from the UK call the premier league the EPL. Got it, but only as a result of living in another country.
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level 46
Nov 1, 2013
Tons of people call it EPL or BPL and I live in London
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level 10
Jun 17, 2014
Me neither, and I'm British as well. "The Prem" is a far more commonly-used abbreviation in my experience.
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level 60
Jul 6, 2014
Hey zoidberg!! Why would you call it the BPL when it doesn't include the Scottish Premier League??
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level 59
Nov 15, 2014
Erikthev - BPL means BARCLAYS Premier League after its sponsor, Barclays Bank.
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level 46
May 11, 2015
Never heard it called that, it's usually referred to as the Premiership.
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level 66
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 44
Aug 7, 2017
I've always called it the premier league, nothing else
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level 56
Nov 1, 2013
Never heard HoC used - usually just called 'Commons' - but could just be me.
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level 57
Nov 5, 2013
It's just you.
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level 82
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 61
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 27
Aug 9, 2017
It's quite common, but would normally be used in text rather than in speech - HoL and HP for House of Lords and Houses of Parliament quite common too.
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level 52
Sep 5, 2017
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level 58
Nov 1, 2013
Dont think the IRA will be too happy about being included in British quiz lol
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level 38
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 73
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
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 60
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 16
Nov 1, 2013
Strictly speaking OBE stands for Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
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level 71
Dec 29, 2015
Or 'Ole Big 'Ed' :)
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level 59
Aug 7, 2017
Ex-colleague of mine who was awarded OBE refers to it as "Other Buggers' Efforts".
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level 2
Nov 3, 2013
Nice quiz, but these are abbreviations, not acronyms. An acronym is an abbreviation that can be pronounced as a word, e.g., NATO, NASA. However, when you must spell out the abbreviation, e.g., 'U, K', 'B, P', and other examples here (with the occasional colloquial exception of 'VAT') then these are abbreviations. That was incredibly busybody, and I apologise.
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level 57
Nov 4, 2013
This is debated on every abbreviation/acronym quiz. Sure an acronym is technically an abbreviation that can be pronounced as a word, but the term is used loosely all the time. Just like when someone misuses the word "literally." It bothers me too, but you learn to live with it.
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level 70
Jun 8, 2017
RAF can also be considered an acronym
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level 21
Nov 5, 2013
Well, according to the OED, an acronym is "an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word (e.g., ASCII, NASA)." Even if you don't choose to believe this, in all of Wikipedia's examples, it says "pronounced as a word."
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level ∞
Nov 6, 2013
In all of Wikipedia's examples, it says "pronounced as a word."
This is not true. Did you even read the Wikipedia article?
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level 74
Apr 9, 2017
Does someone point that out on every single one of these quizzes?
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level 73
Apr 9, 2017
Eventually QMs head is going to explode, he's going to pull the plug, and all you pedantic doofi are going to have to run to Reddit instead.
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level 60
Jul 6, 2014
PM - Post Meridiem, as opposed to AM - Ante Meridiem
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level 60
Jul 6, 2014
HMS - Her Majesty's Service....
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level 75
Nov 3, 2014
Are you thinking of the Bond movie?
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level 74
Aug 7, 2017
Then it would be OHMSS.
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level 57
Jul 8, 2014
15/21 - not bad for an American I suppose.
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level 75
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 73
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 51
Nov 25, 2014
the IRA in a British quiz is just ridiculous..what the hell do you think they fought for? Freedom from British occupation
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level 46
May 11, 2015
Gosh you have a keen and unbiased view of British history.
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level 59
Jun 8, 2016
Lucy is right, that IS what they fought for. And it is right to include them here, because it is part of modern British history, and the impact they had was on British people.
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level 73
Aug 7, 2017
did they achieve that?
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level 73
Aug 7, 2017
Would you object to questions about Robert E Lee appearing on an American history quiz? Honestly the objections raised here are nonsensical.
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level 66
Jun 7, 2015
"VC" also stands for "Village Church" and is often used in the names of primary schools :)
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level 49
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 57
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 59
Feb 19, 2018
VC also stands for Vice Chancellor, the head of a university.
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level 57
Feb 5, 2016
Would it be too generous to accept British Broadcasting Company?
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level 56
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 70
Aug 15, 2017
As opposed to EBC, which did stand for Emu's Broadcasting Company
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level 70
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 70
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 68
May 4, 2017
Thank you! I thought I was going crazy.
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level 61
Aug 7, 2017
Definitely stands for 'Officer' otherwise you wouldn't be able to distinguish CBE, MBE etc.
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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 45
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 70
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 75
Apr 10, 2017
"There's nothing for you here!"
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level 45
Aug 7, 2017
EPL is incorrect anyway as it include Wales.
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level 57
Aug 10, 2017
No it doesn't. There's a few Welsh teams who for historical reasons play in the English pyramid, but strictly there's a separate Welsh league which operates outside of the remit of the Football League.
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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 74
Apr 9, 2017
Lol, I saw "TA" and just thought "dialectical way of saying thank you".
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level 70
Apr 9, 2017
Tartan Army? :)
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level 80
Feb 2, 2018
I second the inclusion of Tartan Army. I'd just gotten through PL and SNP, so that was the most fitting TA, and it still exists where the other was reorganized into the Army Reserve.
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level 70
Apr 9, 2017
At last, a quiz that doesn't accept "UK".
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level 70
Apr 9, 2017
Apparently TA has been gone for almost 6 years.
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level 57
Jun 10, 2017
Of course I have heard of the English Premier League. Just never figured out EPL!
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level 57
Aug 7, 2017
fun
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level 60
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 59
Aug 7, 2017
VAT is another true acronym.
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level 76
Aug 7, 2017
I thought EPL was a typo for Emerson Lake and Palmer.
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level 66
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 49
Aug 7, 2017
Boom 100% Fairly straightforward for anyone British.
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level 68
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 71
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 66
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 70
Aug 15, 2017
To me it's George Gershwin's brother
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level 67
Aug 7, 2017
This quiz is too America-centric.
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level 74
Aug 7, 2017
This planet is too Jupiter-centric.
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level 49
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 27
Aug 9, 2017
But to be fair to Quizmaster it does clearly distinguish between the two, as it calls for an answer that contains "of".
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level 70
Aug 15, 2017
As a member of neither, School of Economics every time
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level 60
Jan 8, 2018
BP did originally stand for British Petroleum, but hasn't for some decades.
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