alphabet soup


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

Examples of alphabet soup in a Sentence

a bowl of alphabet soup the alphabet soup of designer drugs that were available to patrons of the once-notorious disco
Recent Examples on the Web Coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal to generate power that contains an alphabet soup of toxic contaminants, has been used for decades in Indiana and across the U.S. as construction fill. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Feb. 2024 If applied at the national level, a more generous UBI could perhaps replace the alphabet soup of anti-poverty programs with a single check delivered monthly to all households. Karl W. Smith, Twin Cities, 1 Feb. 2024 Back in 2013, there had been nearly a thousand rebel groups, an alphabet soup of acronyms. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 At Casa Fina in Boyle Heights, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago — who in early returns held a lead of fewer than 300 votes over Jurado for second place — thanked the alphabet soup’s worth of unions that had contributed over half a million dollars in independent expenditures on his behalf. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 Lots of cooks from an alphabet soup of federal entities — DOD, HHS, ASPR, IBMSC and DFC — had a hand in the project, some of them moving on after making what Blue Star says were verbal guarantees to cover cost overruns on the nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) plant and to build the glove factory. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 An alphabet soup of entities Launched in late 2020 when Donald Trump was in the White House and the coronavirus was raging, the Blue Star plant and a glove factory planned for next door seemed to get lost in the change of administrations and the nation’s shifting priorities. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 On the ground, the NUG’s reach may be limited, or at least circumscribed by the imperatives of the alphabet soup of armed factions operating in across Myanmar’s ethnic-minority borderlands. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2023 An alphabet soup of clunky acronyms, these treaties were strands in a complex web of overlapping treaties that helped ensure peace and reduce the chances of a full-scale war between NATO and Russia. Mathias Hammer, TIME, 13 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alphabet soup was in 1884

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“Alphabet soup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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