10 Acronyms and Initialisms All Spelled Out

BMW 

stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke in German, which translates to “Bavarian Motor Works.”

L.L. BEAN

The company is named after its founder, Leon Leonwood Bean.

YKK

Those letters on seemingly every zipper stand for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha in Japanese, which translates to “Yoshida Manufacturing Corporation.” The first word refers to the founder, Tadao Yoshida.

A&W

The A and W of A&W are founders (Roy) Allen and (Frank) Wright.

M&M’S

M&M’s stands for Mars & Murrie’s, referring to founders Forrest Mars, Sr. and Bruce Murrie.

3M

3M Company—which became its legal name in 2002—is an abbreviation of its former moniker, the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company.

HSBC

HSBC stands for Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.

FIAT

FIAT originally stood for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, which translates as “Italian automobile factory of Turin.”

IBM

The technology company’s name stands for International Business Machines.

GEICO

GEICO stands for Government Employees Insurance Company. Why? When GEICO first started, it was targeted to U.S. government employees and military personnel.

(Edited) BY MADELINE RAYNOR/Mentalfloss. Com

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