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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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In an easy to grasp delivery, Afrikan Alphabets not only educates readers of a means of communication, it also enlightens them of an ingenious yet little-known aspect of African art and culture.
Eye, nose, mouth: Whether in large murals made by affixing pepper to adhesive tape (Attachment, 2000) or in paintings with luridly colored stripes made of substances like orange powder and Indian curry (Eatable Alphabet, 2001), Neuenschwander's "visual" art involves more senses than one.
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She finds that these pedagogic alphabets followed three kinds of formats, the simplest and earliest being closely linked to folk motifs and utilizing themes of eating and being eaten: letters eating other letters, letters being eaten by children, letters in the mouths of animals, letters pictured with, or as, food.
Leading advocates of all three of these alphabets argued that Yapita could not have developed the Aymara Alphabet himself; it had to have been me.
Purists scoff at these modern alphabets and methods, but the history of cursive handwriting has been one of seeking faster and arguably more legible methods of communicating on paper.
She further indicated that the new, slanted alphabets, such as D'Nealian, used continuous strokes to form manuscript letters, resulting in better rhythm, greater speed, more writing and fewer letter reversals.
Lovely Letters" features nine alphabets that are perfect for adding a personal touch to nearly anything.
Help your kid learn the Alphabets at home with this simple exercise where he/she can tap on the image to listen to the audio.
In the present day English alphabets have become almost universal at the beginning of learning and education, besides the alphabets of the mother tongue.
A unique font designed to aid universal comprehension of all alphabets used in Europe is now available.
Claudia Walde spent over two years collecting alphabets by over 150 street artists from thirty countries so she could create a volume illustrating their different lettering choices: each artist was instructed to design all twenty-six letters of the Latin alphabet within the limits of a single page of the book.
During 1993 Nyr Indictor published the short-lived N is for Newsletter, a journal devoted to "alphabets, alphabet books, and alphabet memorabilia for alphabet lovers.
For Khoury-Ghata, words "broke up into alphabets / ate a different earth on each continent.
It includes an alphabet of decorative initials with faces; foliate alphabets; a zoomorphic alphabet of initials; and alphabets in Gothic script.