Two Letter Answers #4

Can you guess these answers that are only two letters long?
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Last updated: April 16, 2021
First submittedDecember 1, 2014
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Clue
Answer
Turntable user
DJ
Chemical symbol for gold
Au
London is its capital
UK
Gulf of Mexico oil-spillers
BP
South Vietnamese communist guerrillas
VC
About 0.4 inches
cm
Surgeon's room at the hospital
OR
Paul Simon says you can call him this
Al
Poet Eliot
T.S.
City known for blues and barbecue
KC
Security wing of the Nazi party
SS
Rapper Cool J
LL
Clue
Answer
Vancouver is its largest city
BC
Initials that mean "for example"
e.g.
Another term for a resume
CV
Sumerian city with a big ziggurat
Ur
Record that spins at 33 ⅓ rpm
LP
Second most common family name in China
Li
Letters at the end of a letter
P.S.
Hugs and kisses
XO
Country code of Switzerland
CH
Word that ends many a Canadian sentence
eh
Video with at least 921,600 pixels
HD
"Yes", in Germany
Ja
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Level 77
Mar 28, 2015
Can't believe I typed ya for ja, then gave up when it didn't work. Sigh.
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Level 61
Apr 25, 2019
Das Beaken!
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Level 55
Mar 28, 2015
ie. for "for example"? I know the meaning is slightly different, but I feel like they're usually used interchangeably.
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Level 84
Mar 28, 2015
That's what I typed as well. Couldn't figure out why it wasn't being accepted.
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Level 72
Apr 12, 2018
What you guys need is a Latin teacher!
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Level 58
Jan 13, 2019
i.e. and e.g. are both Latin abbreviations. E.g. stands for exempli gratia and means “for example.” I.e. is the abbreviation for id est and means “in other words.”

They are different things, sheesh

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Level 73
May 11, 2021
I've always read i.e. as "that is".
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Level 56
Mar 28, 2015
ie = specifying/clarifying what is meant

eg = giving one or more examples of what is meant

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Level 84
Jun 18, 2017
to specify or clarify what is meant one gives examples..
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Level 80
Apr 17, 2021
no, you clarify by explaining
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Level 84
May 12, 2021
which you can do by giving examples
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Level 78
Dec 8, 2021
They are absolutely different, and using them wrong can substantially alter the meaning.

For instance, "please secure a high profile perfomer, i.e. Madonna" means this person literally wants ONLY Madonna to perform. No-one else will do.

"Please secure a high profile performer, e.g. Madonna" means this person wants a performer of the kind of profile Madonna has. But Britney Spears or Rihanna would do just as well.

So only e.g. means "for example". i.e. derives from "Id Est", which translates as "that is", and is a completely different term.

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Level 79
Mar 28, 2015
I went with i.e. as well. When it didn't work I assumed there was an error in the quiz and moved on, never even considering other options. And Quizmaster you KNOW that if kalbahamut and I agree on something it just HAS to be right!!
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Level ∞
Apr 16, 2021
Not in this case, i.e. you are both wrong.
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Level 70
Apr 16, 2021
Some people are wrong on this one, e.g. kalbahamut and eric29cocoanuts.
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Level 72
Aug 27, 2022
They're not wrong, though. Language and common vernacular is ever-changing and evolving. Origins become kind of unimportant. I.E. is used to mean e.g CONSTANTLY, probably more than e.g. At a certain point, the common use of a word within a society actually becomes correct, even if it is technically wrong. Language is silly like that.
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Level 67
Mar 30, 2015
The two abbreviations, e.g. and i.e. are latin phrases. I.e. stands for "id est" and basically means "that is", while e.g. stands for "exempli gratia" and means "example given".
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Level 44
May 14, 2015
They are not interchangeable.
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Level 71
Sep 3, 2018
"a lot" and "alot" are used interchangeably too, and yet one is still totally incorrect.
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Level 83
Apr 20, 2021
Yes, they're used interchangeably, but incorrectly.
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Level 85
May 11, 2021
Ray Bones: "Let me explain something to you. Momo is dead, which means that everything he had now belongs to Jimmy Cap, including you. Which also means, that when I speak, I speak for Jimmy, e.g., from now on, you start showing me the proper effing respect." Chili Palmer: "E.g. means 'for example.' What I think you want to say is i.e." Ray Bones: "BS. It’s short for ergo." Chili Palmer: "Ask your man." Bodyguard: "To the best of my knowledge, e.g. means for example." Ray Bones: "E.g., i.e., eff you! The point is that when I say 'jump,' you say 'ok,' okay?"
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Level 86
May 11, 2021
An easy way to keep them straight is to think of e.g. as "example given," and i.e. as "in essence." This is not really what the initials stand for, but is their general meaning.
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Level 47
Mar 31, 2015
How is 'KC' an abbreviation for Memphis, which is the ONLY acceptable answer for a city known for blues and BBQ.
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Level 44
May 14, 2015
What does KC stand for?
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Level 87
Jun 18, 2017
I thought Kansas City.
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Level 67
Apr 2, 2020
Kansas is famous for blues? When I think of blues and the US I think of New Orleans and Chicago. But maybe things are different for US residents.

(like how sometimes we know small cities but not some big ones and americans are like how come you know a but not b, a is tiiny. Some things just make it over here if they are famous for one thing or another, and others do not, or in varying proportions/ratio's (can't find the correct word bah)

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Level 70
Apr 21, 2021
Yeah, I had no clue on that question. WhenI saw the answer I was still in the dark.

That seems to be a but of US specific knowledge.

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Level 87
May 11, 2021
To clarify, when I saw KC my first thought was Kansas City. And I'm sure there are a handful of blues clubs in Kansas City.
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Level 51
May 11, 2021
I have never heard of KC (Im from the UK though so maybe I get a pass). When I saw KC I did not know it meant Kansas City. But I HAVE heard of the Kansas City Blues. I don't know where from, but I'm sure I have.
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Level 73
Jun 18, 2017
Of course Memphis has both too. You want Memphis to win the blues crown? Fine. Barbecue? Come on now.
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Level 77
Jun 20, 2017
Even though I'm a MO resident, I'll take Memphis barbecue any day over KC's (except for Oklahoma Joe's which I hear is now just "Joe's". The rest of the well-known BBQ up there is too gloppy and sweet for me.) Memphis is also "home of the blues" - Beale Street, anyone? Maybe I'm just prejudiced because my husband's brother plays there.
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Level 78
Jul 31, 2018
As a 30+ year resident of Memphis all I'm gonna say is spend a day or two at the Memphis Barbecue Festival (Memphis in May) and then ask yourself if you can find either real Blues or Barbecue in KC. They do try though - bless their hearts - and any true southerner knows what that means.
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Level 58
May 11, 2021
Right? KC is BBQ. StL is Blues. But only Memphis is BBQ + Blues.
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Level 57
Aug 26, 2016
i.e could also mean 'for example'. i.e is short for 'Id est' which in Latin means "That is/in other words/that is to say"
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Level 59
Jun 19, 2017
"That is" is not the same as "for example" - there is a clear distinction between the two.
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Level 73
Jun 18, 2017
Viet Cong was the name adopted by Americans for the group that called itself, in its abbreviated English form, the National Liberation Front, or NLF. With that in mind, in Vietnam the thing that Americans call the Vietnam War is called the American War.
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Level 61
Jun 18, 2017
My brain annoys me. When the quiz says: turntable user, I think of trains.
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Level 64
May 14, 2021
I saw turntable user and immediately thought LP. That didn't work, so I moved on and found record spinning at 33 1/3. Went back and had enough time to think about who might use a turntable. Sometimes you just need a reset button.
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Level 43
Jun 18, 2017
The abbreviations i.e. and e.g. are not interchangeable, i.e., one should not be considered an equivalent replacement for the other. Since "i.e." stands for "id est" which is "that is" in Latin, one could substitute a similar phrase, e.g., "in other words", but not "e.g."
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Level 56
Jun 18, 2017
got all of them first try!
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Level 73
Sep 6, 2017
Memphis definitely. KC needs to figure out something else to be known for because barbecue and blues are already taken.
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Level 74
Apr 17, 2021
Negro Leagues Hall of Fame. Jazz Hall of Fame.
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Level 39
Feb 16, 2018
wouldn't i.e. be accepted for the abbreviations of "For example"?
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Level 70
May 11, 2018
This has been done to death already and the answer is no.
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Level 44
Sep 3, 2018
ie for example?
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Level 72
Dec 19, 2018
It's been addressed in other comments, but no. "eg." means "for example," while "ie." means "in other words."
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Level 74
Oct 5, 2018
Resumé means summary. C.V. mean curriculum vitae. These two meanings are entirely different. Needs a different clue, I would suggest.
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Level 84
Jan 13, 2019
They way they are used today in English is entirely the same.
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Level 71
Apr 25, 2019
Eh, not really- CV is academia, resume is corporate world, and they communicate different things. I wouldn't send a resume to an academic job, or a CV to a corporate job. That being said, the clue is clear enough so that it's obvious what the answer should be.
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Level 37
Dec 14, 2018
^ Agree. A Resume is a short summary of your work and academic accomplishments (today it is recommended that it not be more than one page long) ; a Curriculum Vitae is a more thorough delineation of your life experiences.
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Level 77
Apr 16, 2021
That''s not the case in the UK where only CV is used for any job application, corporate or academic. Resumé isn't really used here.
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Level 44
Apr 25, 2019
Why is the city known for blues and barbeque Kansas City? New Orleans is known better for both of those
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Level 86
Apr 16, 2021
But New Orleans isn't two letters, is it? Remember the category? The clue doesn't say "The only" city known for blues and barbecue, just [A] City known for blues and barbecue that is known by two letters. Same goes for Memphis...
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Level 68
May 11, 2021
To anyone outside of the US, Kansas City isn't two letters either
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Level 86
May 11, 2021
Because you know and speak for everyone outside the US, right? Kansas City is commonly referred to as KC, and I personally know people from Canada who call it that.
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Level 76
Apr 29, 2021
Really? I've never heard of New Orleans being known for barbeque, and the music I associate with it is jazz, not blues
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Level 71
May 11, 2021
Nola has a blues and bbq festival every year
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Level 40
Apr 25, 2019
Ugh. Couldn't think of an acronym for Memphis, and then I see: KC. Surprised.
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Level 83
Apr 16, 2021
Should "SD" also work for the security wing of the Nazi party?
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Level 66
May 12, 2021
Not really. The SD was the intelligence wing of the SS, so a wing of a wing rather than a wing itself.

SA should probably work though.

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Level 92
Apr 17, 2021
Can you accept xx as well as xo? It's far more common in the UK.
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Level 74
Apr 17, 2021
I kept trying LP (and EP) for Turntable user. When those didn't work, I went with RR. Alas.
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Level 82
Apr 18, 2021
"London its its capital"
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Level 72
Apr 19, 2021
Use the Canadian clue on two different quizzes in this series. May want to change that one.
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Level 66
Apr 23, 2021
*U're
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Level 73
May 11, 2021
Sumerians were horrible at spelling.
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Level 70
May 11, 2021
The KC question is a bit too specific, IMHO.
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Level 64
May 11, 2021
I hate having to rush a quiz. Offer more time
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Level 64
May 14, 2021
I thought there was plenty of time. Couldn't get 3 answers on my first pass, but had time to go back and think about all 3 (and get them right) on my second pass and still had 0:56 left on my clock.
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Level 65
May 11, 2021
Kansas City is better known for jazz than blues. With all the arguments about Memphis being bbq and blues (even though it doesn't meet the two letter abbreviation requirement), maybe it would be a good opportunity to change the clue to bbq and jazz?
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Level 70
May 11, 2021
Kansas City blues? Okay. Not nearly as widely known as Memphis blues, New Orleans blues, Chicago blues, Mississippi Delta blues, etc. Kansas City BBQ? Okay, but not nearly as widely known as Memphis BBQ... I feel like if that answer was supposed to be "KC", there would have been a hundred better clues than the one given, but it's always seemingly easier to drive from the back seat.
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Level 72
May 11, 2021
"I feel like if that answer was supposed to be 'KC', there would have been a hundred better clues than the one given"

Such as?

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Level 64
May 14, 2021
Such as, "The largest city in Missouri." I think the clue is fine as is, but that would clear up the confusion.
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Level 67
May 11, 2021
I feel like SA should be accepted along with SS. Same with ie for eg even though I know that one is very controversial.
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Level 63
May 11, 2021
Operating Theatre?
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Level 43
May 11, 2021
fun quiz eh
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Level 55
May 12, 2021
i cant look at this thumbnail without immediately thinking "shoutout to his family"
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Level 62
May 16, 2021
Shouldn't ER (emergency room) work for surgeon's room at the hospital? I've heard that many times, but I'm not sure I've ever heard the initialism that is listed as correct.
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Level 61
Jan 10, 2022
The only Canadian word I know is 'sorry.'
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Level 84
Feb 20, 2022
Li and eh are in quiz number 1 as well. Seems redundant
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Level 72
Aug 27, 2022
You really should accept i.e. You're doubling down by refusing to (seemingly just to be annoying and pretentious in true Jetpunk fashion) and it's dumb.

At a certain point, when something is SO commonly used, it overrides the technicality and the pedantry. I.E is used more often than e.g. You should accept i.e. It's a perfectly acceptable answer for this question and you know it.

But you won't change your mind. You'll likely just reply something snarky and dismissive like you did above instead of considering it from another angle.