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You see these acronyms everywhere. And we’re not talking about the LOLs or the BRBs--we’re talking about the names of your favorite retail stores, cell service providers and candies. Here, we break down nine acronyms you always see, but never gave a second thought. Cue the "Ohhhhs."

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H&M 
Stands for:
Hennes and Mauritz
Two Swedish brands (Hennes and Mauritz Widforss) merged to form this one-stop shop for last-minute outfits.

AT&T
Stands for: American Telephone & Telegraph
Telegraph?! That explains why we can never get any service.

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EOS 
Stands for:
Evolution of Smooth
The name of our next R&B album. 

IKEA
Stands for:
Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd
Founder Ingvar Kamprad grew up on a farm called Elmtaryd in his hometown of Agunnaryd….thank God for acronyms.

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Mars

M&M's 
Stands for: 
Mars and Murries
Two geniuses responsible for many a cavity.

CVS
Stands for:
 Consumer Values Stores.
But now they say it stands for "customer, value and service." Probably a stretch.

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Aflac

AFLAC
Stands for:
American Family Life Assurance Company
As long as they keep that duck around, we’re good. 

GEICO
Stands for: The Government Employees Insurance Company
Ditto the gecko. We love that cheeky little chap.

ESPN
Stands for:
Entertainment and Sports Programming Network
Not so sure about the “entertainment” part, but W/E.

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