alphabet

(redirected from Alphabets)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

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.
See also: alphabet, soup

CF

1. rude slang An abbreviation for "clusterfuck," meaning a chaotic situation rife with problems. Oh, the dinner party was a total CF—the roast was dry, the toilet overflowed, and everyone argued about politics.
2. vulgar slang An abbreviation for "clusterfuck," meaning a group sexual encounter. No, I've never taken part in a CF—have you?

Charlie Foxtrot

1. rude slang A clusterfuck, meaning a chaotic situation rife with problems. (When spelling something out with the NATO phonetic alphabet, the words "Charlie" and "Foxtrot" are commonly used for the letters C and F) Oh, the dinner party was a total Charlie Foxtrot—the roast was dry, the toilet overflowed, and everyone argued about politics.
2. vulgar slang A clusterfuck, meaning a group sexual encounter. No, I've never taken part in a Charlie Foxtrot—have you?
See also: Charlie

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.
See also: alphabet, soup

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.
See also: alphabet, soup

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.
See also: alphabet, soup

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.

verb
See also: Cf, NATO, phonetic

CF

verb
References in periodicals archive ?
"The Letter-Order of the Semitic Alphabets in Africa and the Near East." Africa.
Schoolwerth's work has various components--sculptural, pictorial, media-based--but at its foundation is the creation of alternative alphabets, of which the centerpiece or capstone so far is "an alphabet that exists between alphabets." This alphabet between alphabets was produced by doubling the Latin characters: parts of two letters are combined into a new letter that can be read either way, or both ways at once.
At one of the most visited, leisure and sports places in the French capital - the quays of the Seine, Pont des Invalides(The Invalides Bridge) on the left bank of the river, the residents and guests of the city will have the opportunity to learn more about the Cyrillic alphabet and to read Bulgarian poetry.
He informed that the purpose of launching this app was to create awareness among coming generation about importance of alphabets in Hindko language.
PESHAWAR: Gandhara Hindko Academy (GHA) has launched Hindko language android application with the aim of teaching children Hindko language alphabets.
Other educational in-app games focus on memory exercises and learning the Alphabets.
We have thousands of rhymes for children to learn alphabets, words etc.
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." The September issue contained the following challenge: "Create an alphabet of antonyms, that is, pairs of words that begin with the same letter that are in some way opposites, like aerobic and anaerobic, author and authoress, or ask and answer.
from "Alphabets of Desire & Sorrow: A Book of Imaginary Colophons"
Alphabets of Sand judiciously collects poems by Khoury-Ghata (and translations by Marilyn Hacker) that have appeared elsewhere: "Widow," "The Seven Honeysuckle Sprigs of Wisdom," and "Early Childhood" from Here There Was Once a Country (2001); and "Words," "The Darkened Ones," and "The Cherry Tree's Journey" from She Says (2003) and Nettles (2008).
The book is said to be exquisitely intricate with vivid colouring and contains 14 different types of decorative alphabets. It includes an alphabet of decorative initials with faces; foliate alphabets; a zoomorphic alphabet of initials; and alphabets in Gothic script.
They describe the resulting evolution of increasingly abstract alphabets. According to the author, "phonetic writing or the alphabet created the conditions for codified law, monotheism, abstract science, deductive logic, the printing press, and the Industrial Revolution" (p.
All the major alphabets in the world developed from the North Semitic Alphabet, which was invented in the Middle East more than 3600 years ago.
We view and discuss the different line styles in alphabets designed by typographers.
Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Afrika by Saki Mafundikwa Mark Batty Publisher, May 2004 $34.95, ISBN 0-972-42406-7