alphabet soup


Definition of alphabet soup

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

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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 Qwuantrezz’s early football career was also something of an alphabet soup; the young boy played quarterback and receiver in addition to defensive back. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "For UCLA’s Qwuantrezz Knight, football was an immediate hit," 19 Nov. 2020 But more than a century later, trying to figure out what each vitamin actually does — and which ones are best for you — can still feel a bit like wading through a bowl of alphabet soup. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Vitamins for Skin Health," 12 Nov. 2020 Whereas many of the Western diplomats who end up working at its alphabet soup of international agencies are those who couldn’t secure a more interesting posting, China has for the past decade sent its very best and most talented diplomats. Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic, "The U.S. Used to Write the Rules—Now China Does," 8 Oct. 2020 As consumers familiarize themselves with the alphabet soup of options, one increasingly popular one is cannabigerol, or CBG, which is used to treat pain and nausea -- and, like CBD, doesn’t have the psychoactive effects of THC. Tiffany Kary,, "Race Is On for Synthetic Cannabinoids: Cannabis Weekly," 4 Oct. 2020 An alphabet soup of groups like BOLD, SOUL, the Independent Women’s Organization and the Alliance for Good Government have long endorsed candidates in New Orleans. Matt Sledge,, "With New Orleans DA race and swath of judicial elections, groups hope to reshape conversation," 23 Sep. 2020 The effort devolved into a cross between alphabet soup and a game of hot potato. Andrew Selsky, Star Tribune, "Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas," 6 Aug. 2020 The federal government added additional benefits to what the city offered, creating a new alphabet soup of options for struggling workers. Washington Post, "Ten bucks left, no place to go: How the pandemic and a broken unemployment system are upending people’s lives," 1 Aug. 2020 Get ready for some classic underground alphabet soup. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "What We Know About the White House's Secret Bunker," 1 June 2020

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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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2 Dec 2020

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“Alphabet soup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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alphabet soup


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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