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Word Shortenings Quiz #1

Guess the long form of these shortened words.
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Last updated: December 11, 2014
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First submittedJanuary 3, 2012
Times taken96,713
Average score83.3%
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Camo
Camouflage
Photo
Photograph
Math
Mathematics
Ad
Advertisement
Admin
Administrator
Ammo
Ammunition
Phone
Telephone
Info
Information
Intro
Introduction
Tux
Tuxedo
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Long
Lab
Laboratory
Labrador
Gym
Gymnasium
Limo
Limousine
Max
Maximum
Memo
Memorandum
Rehab
Rehabilitation
Sax
Saxophone
Ump
Umpire
Veggie
Vegetable
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Long
Vet
Veteran
Veterinarian
Vocab
Vocabulary
Zine
Magazine
Blog
Weblog
Flu
Influenza
Doc
Doctor
Hippo
Hippopotamus
Chimp
Chimpanzee
Disco
Discotheque
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Level 33
Jan 13, 2013
Never heard "Zine" for magazine.
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Level 68
Aug 18, 2016
Same.
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Level 20
Apr 24, 2013
gym could also be gymnastics, that's what we use it for over here?
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Level 63
Jan 18, 2018
yeah but you go to the gym but not do gym
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
In my country that is exactly what you do, and I think that is the same for talia/ seems to be what talia is saying aswell.
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
ps we dont go to the gym ( that sounds so weird, you have gymclass as a kid at school)>> The place you go to work out is a sportschool.

We have the word gymnaseum as a (direction of) school. If you have latin and greek on your curriculum.

Btw all these words come from the same place and is a "school" where the ancient greek (besides learning) used to excercise, naked. It literally means, place to be naked.

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Level 37
Sep 26, 2013
i got 28 out of 30.
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Level 32
Oct 9, 2013
missed veteran.. and i am one. what an idiot
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Level 18
Feb 11, 2014
hero
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Level 53
Nov 13, 2013
Somehow I only missed Ad ahaha, kept thinking addition or after death haha, i know that's AD though :D
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Level 75
Dec 11, 2013
Actually AD does not mean after death. It is a Latin abbreviation for Anno Domini which means the year of our Lord. Therefore BC is before the birth of Jesus, AD is after his birth.
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Level 45
Jun 16, 2014
Yeah, once somebody was reading aloud from a National Geographic thing, talking about a pharaoh who built something(this was a long time ago, so I don't remember the details) in some date A.D., and somebody else asked 'What's A.D. mean?' and they said 'after death', and now I look back and think how did I not catch that, it's so ridiculous! He can't build something after his own death!
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Level 82
Jan 23, 2015
Well he was also supposedly born during the reign of Herod and Herod died in 4 BC.
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Level 68
Mar 24, 2015
Yeah, leave it to our calendar to mess up by five or six whole years... better than the Julian, I guess.
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
em... I am pretty sure the death refered to was jesus' one. (while a.d is actually counting from the birth of jesus, so it is not that ridiculous at all.

Seems kind of obvious to me that people thinking a.d is after death are talking about jesus...

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Level 15
Jan 29, 2014
I didn't get some because I couldn't spell them. I need to go back to school I guess. D:
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Level 18
Feb 11, 2014
I've never heard of anyone reading a "zine"
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Level 67
Mar 14, 2014
I can't believe I got 29/30 but managed to miss "Ad".

*facepalm*

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Level 40
Apr 19, 2014
I kept trying to type Ammunation for Ammunition! Grand Theft Auto has seeped too far into my brain...
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Level 51
May 4, 2014
got all except ump, ive never heard that used and i dont know what an umpire is.
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Level 51
Jul 1, 2015
An umpire is a referee.
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Level 30
Jun 5, 2016
Referee for Tennis and apparently Baseball too. Probably some others...
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Level 33
May 15, 2014
Got 30/30, but I knew 26/30. Had to look up Labrador, Magazine, Discotheque, and Weblog
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Level 77
Jan 23, 2015
Got 30/30, but I knew 0/30. Had to Google every single one of them. I cheat on my taxes, too.
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Level 37
Aug 20, 2014
I would agree with EVERYONE ELSE that zine is short for fanzine, not magazine. "I-I-I-I-I-I wanna publish zines! And rage against machines!" Harvey Danger was talking fanzines there.
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Level 17
Nov 26, 2014
25/30
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Level 68
Jan 23, 2015
I missed phone but got discotheque. What am I doing with my life?
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Level 68
Jan 23, 2015
Couldn't "gym" also by gymnast or gymnastics?
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Level 75
Nov 23, 2015
"I've joined a gymnast?" "I'm working out at the gymnastics today?" No, in the US gym is definitely a place.
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Level 71
Dec 5, 2015
In the UK we do use "gym" as a shortening of "gymnastics". "She's very good at gym." would certainly be a possible sentence.
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Level 30
Jun 5, 2016
Agreed ^^
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Level 75
Dec 5, 2019
You've taught me something new. In the US I've never heard a gymnast called a gym.
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Level 44
Jan 23, 2015
I missed the phone call on this.. I kept trying phonogram.. facepalm!
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Level 82
Jan 23, 2015
All too easy.
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Level 57
Jan 23, 2015
Should accept Labour for lab. British abbreviation for the second largest political party.
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Level 83
Mar 21, 2015
I think there's a distinction between an abbreviation and a "shortened word". Lab for labour is just a written abbreviation; no-one would actually say "a lab politician". All the ones in the quiz are things people say as well as write (except possibly "ump", which I've never heard anywhere else).
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Level 79
Oct 27, 2020
But you will agree that Lib-Lab is a thing, right?
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Level 84
Jan 23, 2015
Might consider adding Administrative as well for admin. That was my first try.
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Level 52
Dec 9, 2016
I agree. Admin Asst or doing admin work.
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Level 57
Jan 23, 2015
Missed memo and rehab
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Level 78
Jan 23, 2015
Zine?
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Level 38
Jan 23, 2015
I got all of them pretty quickly... except "phone". I could not for the life of me think of the word "telephone". I even tried "phonograph" :/
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Level 23
Jan 24, 2015
Shouldn't veterinary be used for vet
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Level 82
Feb 16, 2015
In the UK, 'Lab' is used as a short form for the Labour Party.

I think that you should allow 'Fanzine' for "Zine". I've only ever heard the expression Zine used in that context. Neat quiz. Thanks! :)

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Level 20
Apr 11, 2015
Oops, put Saxyphone, not Saxophone.
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
sexyphone..
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Level 57
Jun 9, 2015
Can you accept camoflauge
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Level 51
Jul 1, 2015
That's exactly how I spelled it for years. It seems more phonetic. Took me forever to remember the correct spelling.
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
no , you say camuuu flage. in the full word you dont say it as an o like in camo (kemmo)
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Level 67
Aug 19, 2021
Ok now that just sounds silly
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Level 51
Jul 1, 2015
I had no idea before what blog and disco were short for. Honestly, I had no idea they were short for anything (though I knew what they were). Got the rest.
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Level 75
Nov 23, 2015
Easy peasy and fun for me.
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Level 32
Dec 30, 2015
"weblog" was the death of me...
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Level 47
Jan 18, 2016
100 percent in 3 34
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Level 47
Jan 18, 2016
IT RELOADED IN THE FINAL QUESTION
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Level 47
Apr 7, 2016
In the UK, Lab is short for Labour. Can this be accepted?
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Level 78
Aug 16, 2016
In the UK we call Veterinarians Veterinary Surgeons. Please could you add this as a possible answer. thanks
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Level 45
Aug 28, 2016
Panic! at the Discotheque
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Level 51
Nov 26, 2016
3.24 left; found this one pretty straight forward, just clumsy typing fingers
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Level 78
Jan 31, 2017
With the abbreviation that a certain Google program has made popular, I would consider adding "document" for "Doc."
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
google program?? you know computers were around before google..
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Level 71
Feb 14, 2017
It has been commented on several times, but MAG is short for magazine except in some weird underworld where everyone says ZINE.
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Level 57
Feb 14, 2017
ad can also be anno domine
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
no that would be A.D.
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Level 28
Feb 22, 2017
Ok, so it was easy... I got 2 wrongs, but I don't accept it. I MEAN LIKE, who the heck calls Magazines Zines?
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Level 57
Mar 10, 2017
I has 73% and only got 2 points
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Level 63
Mar 29, 2017
Ha. Get 'em all....but it took a minute for "admin" cuz I kept thinking of college admin being the administration building....not administrator. Oh, well.....Oh, and zine was easy; rarely used but I've see it enough to know what it meant.
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Level 72
May 1, 2017
Possibly "document" could also work for "doc"?
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Level 81
May 25, 2017
Tried veterinary surgeon and veterinary doctor - I think they should be accepted, specially for us Brits. I've never hard of Labrador being shortened to lab.
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
I think I have mainly heard it when being paired with black. I have a black lab. Not sure if lab is used on its own.

Funny pic of labs explained

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Level 61
May 25, 2017
Never heard "Zine" before. Very odd.
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Level 32
Nov 9, 2017
If you are including hippo, you have to include rhino.
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
why? these arent all the abbreviations in the world, and hippo is legitimately there..
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Level 28
Feb 4, 2018
Never heard of zine for magazine, and didn't get blog either. Otherwise all ok.
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Level 50
Feb 7, 2018
i guessed zine as i could only think of magazine ending in zine, but i have ony ever head of shorterning a magazine as mag
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Level 33
May 24, 2018
Never knew there was such a thing as a 'discotheque'. I heard it as 'disco' 100% of the time. Guess that is one new word into my English vocabulary.
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
That is where it comes from, but indeed this is one of those cases where the original word has fallen into disuse nearly completely.
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Level 70
Aug 25, 2018
Lab in England is short for the political party Labour.
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Level 71
Dec 5, 2019
Only in written usage, people never say Lab as in................. " I voted for Lab this year" or " He's a member of the Lab party"
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Level 49
Oct 7, 2018
Got them all eventually tho I'd never heard a magazine called a zine!
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Level 45
Nov 12, 2018
since when has ANYONE said 'zine'???
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
*mouth dropped to the floor emoji* almost noone knows what blog is ??? in this time that it is so common ( when blogs and the word for it first came into use I can understand. but now every 6 yo seems to blog or vlog ( videoblog... now you know that one too...)
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Level 72
Dec 5, 2019
I think the word blog took over so fast that a lot of people never realized it was short for anything, they just assumed it was a made up word.
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Level 67
Jun 27, 2019
Smashed it, but being an Aussie helps with all that slang.
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Level 79
Dec 5, 2019
Arrgghhh.... Got 29/30 - I missed 'blog' but typed in 'web blog' - so close!!
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Level 69
Dec 5, 2019
Great quiz! We need more like this.

However, "vocab" should be the first clue.

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Level 75
Mar 13, 2020
I'm pretty sure that lab is also short for labia?
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Level 41
Apr 13, 2020
I had no idea that blog stood for weblog!
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Level 79
Jul 3, 2020
Many people who own Landrover Discovery motor vehicles call their car a 'Disco'. Right or wrong, they do.
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Level 67
Aug 19, 2021
Not very familiar with a "zine" but okay
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Level 80
Dec 2, 2021
I think that the time you'd save by saying "ump" instead of "umpire" would be vastly less than the time you'd lose having to explain what the hell you were talking about.
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Level 77
Apr 18, 2022
Very fun--I especially enjoyed the ones that had more than one answer.
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Level 54
May 8, 2022
I put chimpansee about 10 times and never realized it's spelled chimpanzee in English
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Level 59
May 28, 2023
Don't you just love the American English language?

lol

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Level 61
Dec 6, 2022
labyrinth
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Level 70
May 28, 2023
Labyrinth does start with those letters, but it's never abbreviated as "lab".
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Level 70
May 28, 2023
Zine is really the outlier here. It is a valid clue and answer, but it's just not as in the language as the others here.

I know it exclusively from solving crosswords for many years. If you type "zine" into the clue finder here, it's almost always clued as an amateur fan magazine, and those don't really exist anymore (do they?). Only one clue in the past 25+ years has it abbreviated for a regular magazine.

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Level 59
May 28, 2023
Bro nobody says 'zine'.
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Level 83
Jun 24, 2023
I saw it used at a museum just this week. They had signs to 'pick up the free exhibition zine' (which I never actually found). I don't know if it was an attempt to be 'down with the kids' or if they actually used the term unironically.
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Level 64
Dec 20, 2023
All the comments complaining they've never heard "zine" make me feel extremely old and out of touch.

"Zine" usually refers to cheaply produced amateur magazines, e.g. fanzines, rather than mass-published magazines. They are still common, and were extremely widespread before the Internet, in any sort of counterculture that wants to self-publish: fandoms, political movements.

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Level 60
Jan 8, 2024
Adding on, zines aren't really magazines (or fanzines). They are a type of magazine that is esoteric and less professional to serve a smaller audience.