Buzz·Posted on Feb 27, 201321 Words You Probably Forgot Are Short For SomethingDon't get me wrong — abbreviations are THE BEST, but sometimes they make us forget things that are even more awesome. Like, why would anyone ever want to stop saying "cabriolet"?by by Heben NigatuBuzzFeed Staff, by Sarah KarlanBuzzFeed News ReporterFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Taxicab = Taximeter + Cabriolet upload.wikimedia.org 2. Emoticon = Emotive (emotion) Icon mashable.com / Via todayifoundout.com Emoticons can be traced back to 19th century satirists, but the contemporary digital emoticon was credited in 1982 to Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University. 3. Car = Carriage shutupimtalking.com 4. Smog = Smoke + Fog cheezburger.com 5. Velcro = The French Words "Velours" (Velvet) + "Crochet" (Hook) oxforddictionaries.com This is what Velcro looks like up close, btw. 6. Tanzania = Tanganyika & Zanzibar psephos.adam-carr.net / Via en.wikipedia.org In 1964, The United Republic of Tanganyika joined with the islands of Zanzibar to form United Republic of Tanzania. 7. Motel = Motor (Motorists') Hotel beautifulbuildings.wordpress.com 8. Microsoft = Microcomputer + Software logotalks.com / Via money.cnn.com 9. Movie = Moving Picture Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF mutahr.tumblr.com 10. Chortle = Chuckle + Snort Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF media.beta.photobucket.com[term]=gifs%20tumblr&filters[primary]=images&o=61 11. Taser = Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle pulse2.com "Dont Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle me, bro" 12. Pixel = Picture Element aip.org 13. Vitamin = Vital + Amine shape.com Coined in 1912 by the Polish biochemist Kazimierz Funk, the term comes from vital amine, meaning amine of life. 14. Bit = Binary + Digit imgbase.info 15. New York Knicks = Knickerbockers nba.com The term refers to the style of pants worn by Dutch settlers in the 1600s. They were rolled up just below the knee and these came to be known as "knickerbockers" or "knickers." 16. Snark = Snide + Remark shutterstock.com 17. Fan = Fanatic Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF ineedthisforreactions.tumblr.com 18. OK = Oll Korrect?? cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com / Via morowhitewolf.deviantart.com NOBODY KNOWS!! Some theories include that it comes from an abbreviation fad that began in Boston in 1838 when humorists began using exaggerated misspellings. Some have suggested the term goes further back and is of Choctaw Indian and/or West African origin. 19. Cyborg = Cybernetic + Organism Lester Cohen/WireImage 20. Newt Gingrich = Newton Gingrich celebritycreatures.tumblr.com His full name is actually Fig Newton Gingrich.New York Magazine asks 100 random Americans, "What Is Newt Short For?" 21. And one Tumblr user's brilliant finding: thatneedstogo.tumblr.com Accurate.