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    21 Words You Probably Forgot Are Short For Something

    Don'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"?

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    1. Taxicab = Taximeter + Cabriolet

    2. Emoticon = Emotive (emotion) Icon / Via

    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

    4. Smog = Smoke + Fog

    5. Velcro = The French Words "Velours" (Velvet) + "Crochet" (Hook)

    This is what Velcro looks like up close, btw.

    6. Tanzania = Tanganyika & Zanzibar / Via

    In 1964, The United Republic of Tanganyika joined with the islands of Zanzibar to form United Republic of Tanzania.

    7. Motel = Motor (Motorists') Hotel

    8. Microsoft = Microcomputer + Software

    9. Movie = Moving Picture

    10. Chortle = Chuckle + Snort[term]=gifs%20tumblr&filters[primary]=images&o=61

    11. Taser = Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle

    "Dont Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle me, bro"

    12. Pixel = Picture Element

    13. Vitamin = Vital + Amine

    Coined in 1912 by the Polish biochemist Kazimierz Funk, the term comes from vital amine, meaning amine of life.

    14. Bit = Binary + Digit

    15. New York Knicks = Knickerbockers

    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

    17. Fan = Fanatic

    18. OK = Oll Korrect?? / Via

    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

    21. And one Tumblr user's brilliant finding:

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