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"?
Taxicab = Taximeter + Cabriolet
Emoticon = Emotive (emotion) Icon
Velcro = The French Words "Velours" (Velvet) + "Crochet" (Hook)
Tanzania = Tanganyika & Zanzibar
Motel = Motor (Motorists') Hotel
Microsoft = Microcomputer + Software
Movie = Moving Picture
Chortle = Chuckle + Snort
Taser = Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle
Pixel = Picture Element
Vitamin = Vital + Amine
New York Knicks = Knickerbockers
Snark = Snide + Remark
OK = Oll Korrect??
Cyborg = Cybernetic + Organism
Newt Gingrich = Newton Gingrich
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