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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.
See also: alphabet, soup

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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The transition of the Kazakh language to Latin alphabet started in 2012.
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To decode our message, the person we send it to must take each letter in our message, find it in the underlined alphabet, and count 6 letters to the right.
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.
The origin of the alphabet is still debated among historians.
Wiliam Wegman and his amazing Weimeraner dogs take the alphabet and transform it in his book all about the ABCs.
into the Latin alphabet by Stephen Payne, who had left Ireland
Paris, (SANA)_ College De France hosted a Symposium about Syria's Ugaritic Alphabet under the patronage of the President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher.
9I'D like to put up an alphabet frieze in my daughter's bedroom but I can't find anything I like.
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.