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Abbreviations
(Click on the question number for the answer.)
 
Invitations
The request for a response to an invitation, "RSVP," is taken from what language?
A. Dutch
B. French
C. English
D. German
E. Spanish
 
Weird Science
What three-letter abbreviation may refer to an unusual aerial phenomenon that cannot be readily identified even after expert analysis of the available data?
 
Hot Wires
One of the two types of electric current is AC. The other is ...
A. BC
B. DC
C. KC
D. OC
E. WC
 
Radiation
With respect to solar radiation, what does the abbreviation "UV" mean?
 
Novel Namesakes
What word taken from the abbreviation for a unit of weight measurement was used by L. Frank Baum in the title of a novel?
 
Government Agencies
Which abbreviation refers to a federal agency that collects and analyzes information about foreign countries?
A. B.I.A.
B. G.S.A.
C. C.I.A.
D. F.A.A.
E. F.D.I.C.
 
Loans
What is the three-letter abbreviation for an informal written memorandum of indebtedness?
 
Acronyms
The abbreviation "rpm" stands for what?
 
NASA
What does the first "A" mean in the abbreviation "NASA"?
A. aerospace
B. aeronautics
C. aerostatics
D. aerodynamics
E. aeroballistics
 
Pandemics
With respect to AIDS, for what does the abbreviation "HIV" stand?
 
It's About Time
The abbreviation "GMT" is critically important in the measurement of time. For what does the "G" stand?
A. Geneva
B. Greece
C. Glasgow
D. Galapagos
E. Greenwich
 
The Post Office
In 1963, the U.S. Post Office introduced the Zone Improvement Plan to facilitate the sorting and delivery of mail. The most widely-used feature of this plan is better known by what name?
 
Water Analysis
Normal salt content of seawater is about 35,000 ppm. For what do the initials "ppm" stand?
 
Incorrect Usage
Which word should not be abbreviated?
At M.I.T., Mr. Smythe discussed the
history of St. Francis and the short career
of the young French dr. in Washington, D.C.
A. saint
B. mister
C. doctor
D. District of Columbia
E. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
Medical Care
What is the three-letter abbreviation for a person trained to administer emergency care in a variety of situations and especially to accident victims?
 
High Tech Repairs
At the end of 1999, important repairs were made to the HST. Identify the HST.
A. Heisenberg Stealth Train
B. Hubble Space Telescope
C. Harlow Supersonic Transport
D. Hertzsprung Solar Transducer
E. Hawking Spectroscopic Turbojet
 
Common Abbreviations
What is the meaning of the abbreviation ASAP?
 
G Whiz
An astronaut being launched into space is subjected to "3 G's" which is equivalent to 3 times the normal ...
A. heartbeat
B. speed of sound
C. force of gravity
D. atmospheric pressure
E. atmospheric temperature
 
Symbols
An ampersand means ...
A. and
B. stop
C. to pause
D. exclamation
E. rising intonation
 
Grammar
What name is generally given to these words?
it's
doesn't
couldn't
 
Biological Abbreviations
Which abbreviation identifies the nucleotide that acts as the fundamental carrier of chemical energy in living organisms?
A. CSF
B. ATP
C. EEG
D. MSG
E. REM
 
Abundant Abbreviations
Translate the last abbreviation in this passage.
Unknown to the C.I.A. and F.B.I., some TNT
packed by the IRA in the U.S.A. arrived by
ICBM at 9 a.m. G.M.T. in the U.K. with
a note addressed to the EC that said "RIP."
 
Sports Talk
In the context of sports, what is the meaning of the abbreviation "MVP"?
A. most valuable player
B. much vaunted prospect
C. major veteran playmaker
D. mercilessly violent person
E. mighty venerable professional
 
Computer Abbreviations
What two-letter abbreviation in the computer industry stands for 1,048,576 bytes?
 
Political Parties
The Republican Party is also known as the ...
A. RAF
B. KGB
C. REA
D. NRA
E. GOP
 
The Dictionary
Often found throughout dictionaries, the abbreviation "syn." stands for what?
 
Mayday!
The international distress signal at sea is ...
A. MOM
B. BOB
C. POP
D. WOW
E. SOS
 
Clipped Words
The word "lunch" is short for luncheon and "gym" is short for gymnasium. What is the long form of "flu"?
 
Wartime Abbreviations
A person who was MIA during the Vietnam War may have turned up later as a(n) ...
A. HUD
B. SST
C. USS
D. DMZ
E. POW
 
Intoxication
What is a three-letter abbreviation for the offense of drunk driving?

 

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Answers to Abbreviations
1. B
2. UFO
3. B
4. ultraviolet
5. Oz
6. C
7. IOU
8. revolutions per minute
9. B
10. human immunodeficiency virus
11. E
12. ZIP Code
13. parts per million
14. C
15. EMT
16. B
17. as soon as possible
18. C
19. A
20. contractions
21. B
22. rest in peace
23. A
24. MB
25. E
26. synonyms
27. E
28. influenza
29. E
30. DWI or DUI
 
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