13 Words You’re Used To But Probably Didn’t Know Are Abbreviations

By: Kwaku Darko | 3 Month(s) ago

There are many abbreviations around us that we are so used to that we actually think they are words or just the names of companies or places.

These abbreviations are widely accepted so people actually think they are words on their own. Here are 12 of such cases.

1. TEMA – Temporary Employees Members Association

Tema is a name abbreviated from Temporal Employees Members Association when Kwame Nkrumah did a building project for them in the area.



2. YAHOO – Yet Another Hierarchical Official Oracle

The name of your favourite email service provider is an abbreviation which stands for, Yet Another Hierarchical Official Oracle.


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3. TASER – Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle

You’ve heard this severally but did you know it is an abbreviation? There you have it, Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle.


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4. ADIDAS – Adi (Adolf) Dassler

The name of the owner is Adolf Dassler who was affectionately called Adi for short and so abbreviated his name for the company name, Adolf (Adi) Dassler (Das)


5. ZIP – Zone Improvement Plan

We are talking about zip codes here and it is not a word but an abbreviation which stands for Zone Improvement Plan.

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6. RADAR – Radio Detection And Ranging

Whenever you hear the “word” RADAR, you should know it is an abbreviation for Radio Detection And Ranging.


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7. LED – Light Emitting Diode

Thanks to the LED TV in Ghana everybody keeps mentioning LED but few are those who know it is an abbreviation for Light Emitting Diode.


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8. NASA – National Aeronautics And Space Administration

Nasa is not the actual name of the institution, it is an abbreviation for National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


9. PIN – Personal Identification Number

When you hear pin code everywhere it is not just a word, it is actually an abbreviation for Personal Identification Name.


10. MODEM – Modulator-Demodulator

A modem is not a word but another abbreviation which stands for Modulator-Demodulator.


11. WAP – Wireless Application

And this is also not a word but an abbreviation


12. BAE – Before Anyone Else

This is one of the most popular jargons on social media with almost every Ghanaian using it, thinking it is a word but it is an abbreviation for Before Anyone Else.

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