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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.
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.

See also: Cf, NATO, phonetic
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Amelia Murdoch, president of the National Museum of Language (NML), says, "The Board of Directors of the National Museum of Language deeply appreciates the assistance of the Museum of the Alphabet in developing the opening exhibit of the NML entitled 'Writing Language: Passing It On.
Schoolwerth constructed an arena with curved corners like a skating rink, its space divided into four quadrants, each corresponding to one of the four alphabets and each with a TV monitor in its corner playing the same 31-minute video over and over.
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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.
However, as the author moves from the development of writing in Mesopotamia and the creation of major alphabets in Phoenicia and Greece to the invention of the printing press and the Internet, the book's basic premise seems ever shakier.
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.
All successive alphabets in the world, including the Greek one, derive from this ancestor at Tel Zayit," says Ron E.
We view and discuss the different line styles in alphabets designed by typographers.
In Afrikan Alphabets, the author introduces a number of ideographs, pictographs and scripts devised and designed by Africans to express and represent a voice sound, a word, or an idea.
Catalogues, maps, alphabets, calendars: Neuenschwander utilizes not only the devices with which we measure time but also conventional tools that order the universe and so turn the chaos of things into a structured, even meaningful, web.
Alphabets have long been a politically charged issue in Russia.