alphabet soup


Definition of alphabet soup

: a hodgepodge especially of initials (as of the names of organizations)

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Washington could hardly function without the alphabet soup helping government officials, lobbyists and policy wonks navigate the bureaucracy. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, "Can You Say EGRRCPA? Tongue-Twister Banking Law Confuses Washington," 1 Sep. 2018 But the campaign against ICE may be conflating an alphabet soup of government agencies and their various roles in immigration enforcement. Linda Qiu, New York Times, "What Is ICE and Why Do Critics Want to Abolish It?," 3 July 2018 The alphabet soup of agencies touches every aspect of every American's life. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: CFPB further under fire with Kavanaugh pick for Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 The results could be loaded into a database that searches for long similarities in the alphabet soup. John Moore, National Geographic, "Could DNA Testing Reunite Immigrant Families? Get the Facts.," 25 June 2018 Virtually every penny spent in those years went to an alphabet soup of programs like FERA, CWA, PWA, CCC, and the WPA. Peter-christian Aigner, The New Republic, "The Long, Tortured History of the Job Guarantee," 11 May 2018 But the business model Mr. Sorrell pioneered—snapping up an alphabet soup of ad agencies—is being called into question amid wider industry headwinds. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "WPP Shares Soar as Ad Giant Beats Forecasts, Raises Prospect of Disposals," 30 Apr. 2018 An alphabet soup of different consumer, privacy and media regulators will slowly try to ensnare the big tech firms. The Economist, "America’s antitrust apparatus prepares to act against big tech," 26 Apr. 2018 The rules are wonky, technical and often inscrutable, an alphabet soup of acronyms like MUDD, TOD and R-3. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "‘It’s still very muddled.’ How rewriting zoning rules leaves city leaders confused. | Charlotte Observer," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of alphabet soup

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alphabet soup was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of alphabet soup

: a type of soup for children with small noodles that are shaped like letters of the alphabet

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