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alphabet soup

1. Literally, a soup that contains noodles shaped like the letters of the alphabet. I used to love alphabet soup when I was a kid.
2. By extension, an incoherent or disorganized mix (typically of letters or abbreviations). All of these acronyms in the manual have started to look like alphabet soup.
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alphabet soup

initialisms and acronyms, especially when used excessively. The names of these government agencies are just alphabet soup. Just look at the telephone book! You can't find anything because it's filled with alphabet soup.
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alphabet soup

incomprehensible or confusing language, typically containing many abbreviations or symbols. informal
The expression alludes to a kind of clear soup containing pasta in the form of letters.
2000 Montreal Mirror Like the IMF, WB, WTO and the rest of the alphabet soup, the FTAA is yet another engine of global capital.
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alphabet soup

n. initialisms and acronyms in general. Just look at the telephone book! You can’t find anything because it’s filled with alphabet soup.
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Charlie Foxtrot

and CF (The CF is from the so-called NATO Phonetic Alphabet.)
1. Go to cluster fuck (sense 1).
2. Go to cluster fuck (sense 2).
See also: Charlie

CF The CF is from the so-called NATO Phonetic Alphabet.

See also: Cf, NATO, phonetic
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Marioos Alphabet includes all the letters of popular platforms, but it incorporates significant educational value.
Google announced the move to Alphabet over the summer ,
Google co-founder Sergey Brin will become president of Alphabet.
Building upon its constructivist approach, 'kids alphabet' encourages children to look at the alphabet in their world with a fresh perspective thus fostering deeper neural connections.
We can construct an even more confusing spelling alphabet by dispensing with the requirement of starting each word with the letter it represents (though the word must still contain the letter), and by choosing words which sound just like other letters, or (rather uselessly) like themselves.
Kazakh-speakers in countries that use the Latin script also use a modified Latin alphabet based on the Turkish alphabet.
We recognize the significance of the alphabet to Lebanon, but the significance will be recognized more when authorities provide equal rights for women," the statement said.
Make alphabet cookies- Get alphabet cookie cutters or use frosting to write the letter on each cookie.
The researchers believe that it is because children with surnames near the end of the alphabet have spent their lives at the end of lines and at the back of classrooms.
The Ugaritic Alphabet is a cuneiform (wedge-shaped) abjad used from around 1400 BCE for Ugaritic and discovered in Ugarit (modern Ras Shamra), Syria, in 1928.
According to Stojka Bojkovska, Professor at the Faculty of Philology, the proposal for the language to be named "Makedonski" in the Roman alphabet is the best solution.
Embroidery on Paper: Alphabet & Festive Motifs comes from authors who have used traditional embroidery on paper techniques to produce a fine collection of alphabet letters and motifs that can be used to create personalized greeting cards and more.
Fittingly, "the first written alphabet is said to have originated with the Phoenicians, ancestors of the Lebanese," but the poet's alphabet is more wide-ranging.
Sleeping Bear Press is an imprint of Gale, the large and diverse American publisher, and has built much of its lengthy children's list on this alphabet series.
The Macclesfield Alphabet Book, which dates from around 1500, has been bought by the British Library for GBP600,000, with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF); The Art Fund, an independent charity; Friends of the British Library and National Libraries; and individual donors.