Why do acronyms matter? Acronyms are abbreviations of names, frequently the first letter of each word in a name. Organization’s names are often long, so acronyms are commonly used. And, in discussions on television, radio and other media, as well as in public meetings and casual conversations, people often use acronyms for efficiency’s sake, assuming that everyone knows what the acronyms mean. Thus, it makes sense for individuals to know the meaning of common acronyms in order to better understand what is being discussed. The following quiz introduces five high profile U.S. organizations, and their acronyms, commonly referenced in public discourse.    

Special thanks to Learning Life intern, Derrick Costa, for conducting some of the research and writing for this quiz. 

1. What is the AAA?


2. What is the AARP?


3. What is the ACLU?


4. What is the NAACP?


5. What is the NRA?