Four-Letter Acronyms

Can you guess these common four letter acronyms and initialisms?
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Last updated: November 22, 2020
First submittedApril 10, 2014
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America's space agency
NASA
Governing body of world soccer
FIFA
The Soviet Union
USSR
Mutants who fought the evil Shredder
TMNT
Cable that connects your TV to your blu-ray
HDMI
Do NOT view this on your work computer
NSFW
Grateful that the weekend is coming
TGIF
Drake's "motto", often given as a
reason for reckless behavior
YOLO
Immediately; soon; now
ASAP
Long range nuclear rocket
ICBM
Missing from an army base
AWOL
Animal rights group
PETA
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Place for cheap Swedish furniture
IKEA
Please respond to this invitation
RSVP
Provide your own drink
BYOB
International oil cartel
OPEC
What HIV can cause
AIDS
Why Ritalin might be prescribed
ADHD
What comes before www in a URL
HTTP
A hypothetical question about a person
who lived 2000 years ago
WWJD
The largest city in Vietnam
HCMC
Largest bank in the U.K.
HSBC
Series featuring Frodo and pals
LOTR
Drug also known as Ecstasy
MDMA
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Level 66
May 7, 2014
I didn't know PORN was an acronym..? Ah never mind
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Level 52
May 7, 2014
YES!! First answer I tried, I was stumped after that!
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Level 46
May 7, 2014
Me three!
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Level 66
May 7, 2014
We are four!
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Level 73
May 9, 2014
and that's 5
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Level 57
Nov 23, 2020
6. First thing I tried
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Level 61
Dec 17, 2020
7th
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Level 50
Dec 17, 2020
8th
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Level 52
May 7, 2014
People Eating Tasty Animals - PETA
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Level 83
Sep 6, 2018
People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, such as wearing hairnets, proper handling for meat marked as kosher, clean prep areas, etc.
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Level 50
Nov 27, 2020
My favourite fake PETA is “Pretending Everything Threatens Animals”
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Level 56
Dec 18, 2020
wdym fake
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Level 77
May 7, 2014
I confess ignorance; I had never heard of Drake before this quiz. Other than Sir Francis. Being a pop culture curmudgeon hurts me with these quizzes, I suppose.
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Level 15
May 8, 2014
no IHOP?
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Level 47
Nov 13, 2020
IHOB* :-)
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Level 60
Dec 17, 2020
IHOP* :-)
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Level 65
Dec 17, 2020
Restaurant where Aileen works?
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Level 49
May 8, 2014
For "Do NOT view this at work" I put BDSM. Ha!
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Level 55
May 8, 2014
Yeah, that should be accepted.
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Level 84
May 16, 2016
I was planning to comment about BDSM, that's what I tried too. I had never heard of NSFW.
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Level 63
Dec 17, 2020
But what if your work actually requires you to view BDSM? Depending on workplace, the definition of NSFW could vary wildly!
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Level 25
May 11, 2014
Most of these technically aren't acronyms. It's only an acronym if it forms (and can be spoken as) a word; like "nasa" or "peta" or "awol". If you just speak the letters then its just an initilism; like "BBC" or "USSR". The weird one is always UFO; it's an initilism because most people say UFO, but the guy who came up with it ended for it to be an acronym, pronounced as Ufo. Juts a little bit of knowledge for you all there.
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Level 62
Dec 17, 2020
I knew about acronyms vs. initialisms, but not that fun fact about UFO. Thanks for teaching us something new!
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Level 42
May 13, 2021
Actually, initialisms are a subset of acronyms. That is to say, USSR is both an acronym and an initialism, while NASA is only an acronym.
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Level 59
Dec 5, 2015
IKEA is an acronym??
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Level 90
Dec 22, 2015
Yeah, It's the founder, Ingvar Kamprad, the farm he grew up on, Elmtaryd, in the town of Agunaryd
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Level 50
Dec 11, 2017
I can’t tell if you’re serious or making a joke...
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Level 48
Jun 5, 2018
No he's serious, that's why IKEA is called IKEA lol
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Level 81
Nov 22, 2020
That sounds like something from the credits in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
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Level 90
Nov 30, 2020
Yeah, I was being serious. Just assume I Know Everything, Alright?
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Level 82
May 16, 2016
Is there an English meaning of RSVP or is it the French "Répondez, s'il vous plaît"?
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Level 80
May 16, 2016
Even in English, it refers to the French phrase - even though most here in the US couldn't spell it properly.
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Level 70
Nov 18, 2016
Just 'Respond if you please'
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Level 67
Sep 9, 2019
that spells riyp, so the answer is no.
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Level 64
May 17, 2016
There's a list of acronyms on Wikipedia. NSFW is not on there in case you were wondering. It's categorized as Internet slang. Anyway: NSFW means Not Safe For Work. And it is exactly what it says: Material containing nudity, pornography etc. I've seen it being used for violent content as well. Kind of like a spoiler alert.
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Level 83
May 23, 2016
I thought drake referred to Sir Francis. I am getting old
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Level 75
Nov 23, 2020
Same, and I am only 17...
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Level 73
Dec 19, 2020
You're not alone on that.
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Level 72
Oct 15, 2017
Just a general point; there is a difference between an acronym and an abbreviation. If you pronounce the letters individually, this is not an acronym. An acronym is when a new word is formed, for example "SCUBA".

ICBM, ADHD, etc are abbreviations, NOT acronyms.

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Level 67
Dec 6, 2018
I tried scud for the rocket..
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2020
So did I! (Yes I know I am replying to myself)
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Level 73
Dec 19, 2020
If you saw an ICBM, you would mostly likely be seeing one in multiple ways (I See Bowl Movements). [A sort of funny joke told to me by my History of the Cold War professor]
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Level 49
Dec 7, 2018
Do not view this on your work computer: PORN.
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Level 81
Nov 22, 2020
Super fun quiz! Great idea!
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Level 80
Nov 23, 2020
Animal rights group: SPCA?
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Level 70
Dec 17, 2020
It's a subtle but crucial distinction: the SPCA is an animal welfare organization, while PETA is an animal rights group.
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Level 65
Nov 23, 2020
WWJD is a thing?
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Level 67
Nov 23, 2020
Question asked by Caesarians all over the world. What Would Julius Do?
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Level 65
Dec 17, 2020
The bracelets were big in the 90s.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0a/WWJD-Armband.jpg/256px-WWJD-Armband.jpg

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Level 66
Dec 17, 2020
Woahhh this is the first picture I've ever seen in a comment. ~future~
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2020
It has always been possible along with small bold and cursive etc.

I ve posted at least one picture in the comments on jetpunk (I think two but can only remember what one was, a slice of earthcake). (Ow wait I remember what the other was, someone thought Malaysia looked like something and I thought it looked like wajang puppet and found one that looked almost exactly like it)

but don't want to burden the servers so those have been the only two times. When words couldn't explain it.

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Level 67
Dec 19, 2020
Found the quiz with the wajang, not the cake unfortunately. wajang picture post
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Level 51
Dec 20, 2020
2000's maybe, not the 90's.
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Level 49
Dec 23, 2020
Those bracelets were definitely big in the 90s.
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Level 73
Nov 23, 2020
"A hypothetical question about a person who lived 2000 years ago" - I actually tried typing "OMFG"...
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2020
How is that a question? OK weird scenario comes to me as an answer... like someone walking in on their parents an seeing (inexplicable) things and saying omfg and having a lot of questions ..

I guess there are a lot of questions surrounding the f subject and God...

about gods in roman times there was much more clarity shall we say. (When? Whenever possible, who? Doesn't matter)

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Level 69
Nov 24, 2020
It felt like I tried every combination of the letters M, D, and A for ecstasy. Apparently I missed the right one.

Never knew IKEA is an acronym

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Level 67
Dec 19, 2020
I tried HDMA I guess I was thinking of the high definition version... :D (I was pretty sure it ended in MA standing for methamphetamine )
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Level 75
Nov 26, 2020
Does anyone else remember the mutant thing having H (for hero) as part of the acronym? Pepperidge Farm Remembers.
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Level 30
Dec 17, 2020
Yes because in the UK and some of Europe it was called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles not TMNT....
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2020
They weren't ninjas? We're they teenage mutant wrestling turtles then? Or free fighting turtles?
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Level 70
Dec 8, 2020
Sorry QM, but most of these are abbreviations, not acronyms. Still, it's a nice quiz.
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Level 60
Dec 17, 2020
Technically we have https before the www now, but okay.
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Level 65
Dec 17, 2020
HTTPS is the standard but you can still navigate with HTTP and find domains that didn't purchase the SSL. Definitely not the Quizmaster's best hint. Quizmaster - consider changing it to something that doesn't imply an absolute condition like, "Common protocol that comes before www in a URL"?
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Level 30
Dec 17, 2020
Got most easily but spent most of the time trying to make "Sic Parvis Magna" into a 4 letter acronym... Turns out it was a Drake I had never hear of rather than the one I knew....
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Level 61
Dec 17, 2020
These aren't all acronyms. Acronyms are only abbreviations which are pronounced like words (e.g. NASA) USSR for example is not an acronym, for it is pronounced U-Es-Es-Ar
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Level 63
Dec 17, 2020
The instructions say that the quiz consists of both acronyms and initialisms, so this seems like more of a 'you' problem.
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Level 61
Dec 18, 2020
I was referring to the title, but nvm, I guess QM just wanted a short title.
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Level 58
Dec 17, 2020
Some are acronyms, some are initialisms. An acronym spells out a 𝑓𝑎𝑢𝑥 word, an initialism is an acronym pronounced by its individual letters, an abbreviation is a truncated word.
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2020
And the quiz is about both, so we can all sleep tight.
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Level 72
Dec 21, 2020
CCCP should be accepted for the Soviet Union.
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Level 32
Dec 21, 2020
Ho Chi Minh City is a bit of a stretch. Most people leave out the "City" bit and even less people use an acronym for it