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Three Letter Acronyms

Guess these common three letter acronyms and initialisms.
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First submittedMarch 15, 2014
Last updatedSeptember 13, 2018
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USSR spy organization
KGB
Former militant arm of Sinn Féin
IRA
Raw material for genes
DNA
Munich automaker
BMW
Phase of sleep where dreams are most vivid
REM
Conservation group whose logo is a panda
WWF
Notable Mormon university
BYU
Colonel Sanders's restaurant
KFC
Sixth sense
ESP
JFK's successor
LBJ
Computer company known as "Big Blue"
IBM
Psychedelic drug
LSD
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What George accused Saddam of having
WMD
Just add this for delicious umami taste
MSG
British dictionary with 22,000 pages
OED
"You've got mail!"
AOL
Red China
PRC
U.S. Republican party
GOP
Socialized medical service of the UK
NHS
National airline of the Netherlands
KLM
1980s TV alien
ALF
Dubai, Abu Dhabi, etc...
UAE
Australia's most populous state
NSW
Beer brand that hipsters like ironically
PBR
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level 41
Apr 14, 2014
surprised at how few people got NHS
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level 76
Dec 6, 2015
I'm from the UK and according to my stats I missed it last time I did this quiz. I must have just not seen the question.
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level 68
Jun 6, 2016
I'm surprised at how much people got it right. The UK represents less that 1% of the world's population. Why anyone outside of it should know about the acronym of their healthcare system? Do you know Sweden's? Italy's? Peru's?
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level 76
Jun 19, 2016
^Rich Americans, maybe. What about the ones who can't afford healthcare?
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level 66
Nov 9, 2018
Because it's the national religion of a major country. In terms of health outcomes it fairs on a par with Algeria - far below, say, Sweden's or Italy's (though above the US when you factor in those without access there). Few, if any, have copied it. But it's blasphemy to admit either thing in the UK, and so people don't know better - hence incorrect comments like Tish418's. Oh, it's also one of the world's top-5 biggest employers.
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level 58
Apr 12, 2019
sihollett religion- am I missing a joke here?
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level 67
May 5, 2019
Where is that data coming from sihollett? I searched a fair few rankings without finding it, and would be interested to see. Don't disagree that criticism of the NHS is blasphemous in UK politics, though plenty of Tories want to move it further towards the private sector, and complaining about it in general life isn't uncommon. These are some results I found from the last WHO ranking of health systems I could find (2000, admittedly dated) picking out the countries you mention. Closest to your statement is the second list, but still quite different by ranking (unfortunately can't tell from it how large or small the difference is between places):

Overall health system performance: Italy 2nd, UK 18th, Sweden 23rd, USA 37th, Algeria 81st

Performance by level of health: Italy 3rd, Sweden 21st, UK 24th, Algeria 45th, USA 72nd

Attainment of goals by level of health: Sweden 4th, Italy 6th, UK 14th, USA 24th, Algeria 84th

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level 59
May 5, 2019
If percentage of the world population is an indication for things, there are a lot of weird assumption to be made about all sorts of things,. Well actually, not weird conclusions at all, but highest population usually gets outweighed by other things.

I hope my point comes across, transferring my thoughts into english is going less good than usual ;) )

Edit: like I am sure people know more about the UK than they do about pakistan. But pakistan has one of the biggest population of the world ( after china, indonesia, usa and brazil. I could ve chosen all but the usa for this example, but I think pakistan makes a stronger case)
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level 51
Nov 18, 2016
im from the US but got i from the top gear episode where they all made ambulances haha
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level 37
Jul 3, 2019
How would you know it if you're not from the UK
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level 43
Jul 7, 2019
I was watching some British show on YouTube (forgot what it's called) about people with weird medical conditions and they talked about the NHS a few times and I guess it just stuck. Not to mention National Health System (I hope that's what it stands for) is pretty intuitive.
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level 59
Aug 24, 2019
The same way we would know anything about america. Yet looking at a lot of comments (not everyone though) apparently they seem to think the rest of the world knows or should know every obscure little detail about the usa (like products we dont have here or tiny cities that are not ever in the news)
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level 34
Apr 14, 2014
whats PBR? never heard of it
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level 63
Apr 14, 2014
Pabst Blue Ribbon.
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level 72
Apr 14, 2014
2nd most popular american beer in china...and in a lot of smaller areas in china the only american beer that can be found in shops and grocery stores
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level 67
Jul 1, 2017
It was a new one to me as well
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level 66
Nov 9, 2018
It stands for Public Borrowing Rate. But, like most TLAs, there may be many alternatives.
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level 59
May 5, 2019
Only available in 5 countries... ( probably even less in 2014) so quite logical not to have heard from it. Not really international like heineken or seen a lot in movies etc like bud
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level 61
Apr 14, 2014
I'm surprised hardly anyone knows what the NHS is. With the passing of the ACA (Obamacare) in the US, the NHS has been mentioned frequently in the news since our new system is trying to be what the NHS is.
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level 75
Jun 5, 2016
I only knew it because I watch so many British TV shows on Netflix.
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level 63
Nov 11, 2018
You're surprised 6 out of 10 people weren't familiar with a three letter acronym for the health care service of another country?
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level 77
Jan 28, 2019
I don't think the NHS is out of place here. In terms of employee numbers its 1.6M is 400 times that of the Utah university and over 10 times that of the car manufacturer. Its budget of £137Bn is nearly twice that of said car company and over 100 times that of the university so its not out of the question that someone has heard of it to recall in a quiz. (Others on the list of course have more people involved and bigger budgets).
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level 59
May 5, 2019
definitely less out of place than a university in another country. I hear NHS mentioned frequently, the university never.

(I have heard of MIT, ofxord, cambridge... and em... pretty sure another usa one aswell)

(caltech springs into my head, but no idea where that comes from, sometimes you know things you didnt know you knew... and still dont feel like you know...but you came up with it and it is right, so I guess you do know...)

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level 10
Apr 15, 2014
What...?
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level 44
May 17, 2014
Could you please change the GOP clue to "US Republican party"? As I said elsewhere, although many users of these quizzes are undoubtedly from the USA, this page operates in an international context and is used by an international community. There are/were many Republican parties in the world and GOP is just one of them.
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level ∞
Feb 17, 2016
Okay
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level 59
May 5, 2019
still does not ring any bells what so ever. The word republic does though. but that's about it.... politics isnt my thing anyway ( as in the names and people etc ofcourse I have an opinion what I like to see for the world)
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level 11
Apr 16, 2016
0%... you should make a quiz like this for beginners
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level 69
Jun 4, 2016
I hope you're younger than 8
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level 55
Jun 4, 2016
Can you accept DMT for psychedelic drug as well?
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level 77
Jun 5, 2016
I was thinking the same thing
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level 32
Jun 5, 2016
25/24, and I typed with my toes, and my eyes shut, in less than three seconds (I'm three months old by the way).
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level 70
Jun 2, 2017
I got twice as many correct, in 4 seconds less, by having my blindfolded chihuahua, who was wearing flippers, type in the answers as I yelled them to him in Latin. I've been dead for 12 years.
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level 59
May 5, 2019
the flippers did it, the death was overkill
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level 44
Feb 10, 2017
How about adding DMT for the psychedelic drug?
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level 46
May 5, 2017
What about CAS? Computer Algebra System. In calculators
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level 66
Aug 13, 2017
Surely you can add TLA - Three Letter Acronym...
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level 59
Oct 23, 2018
Would GRU not also apply to the Russian spy org?
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level 61
Nov 9, 2018
It says USSR, not Russian though. I thought the same thing at first.
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level 61
Nov 1, 2018
Very few acronyms in this list. Many initialisms, however.
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level 72
Nov 9, 2018
omg idd, ccl, gtg
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level 46
Nov 9, 2018
****. Didn't get DNA or BMW yet I managed get PBR
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level 46
Nov 9, 2018
CCP (Chinese Communist Party) should be accepted for the China one?
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level 61
Nov 9, 2018
That is the party, not the country.
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level 68
Nov 9, 2018
Didn't know the World Wrestling Federation was a conservation group!
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level 76
Nov 9, 2018
They had the Ultimate Warrior fight a giant panda for the rights to the acronym in 2002 and he lost.
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level 75
Nov 9, 2018
Yeah, but the panda was on steroids, so there should be an asterisk next to the initials.
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level 46
Nov 11, 2018
There's going to be a rematch during the next WrestleMania, I hear.
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level 63
Nov 9, 2018
Hipsters round here drink IPA...
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level 32
Nov 11, 2018
Lol i put in IPA too haha
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level 59
May 5, 2019
yep (not a brand though, but still a more fitting connection)
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level 36
Nov 10, 2018
Shoulda known PBR and IBM. Ah well.