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Brainteaser: Mouthy Abbreviation

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Old Jay challenged Brian with a question: "What common abbreviation has three times as many syllables as an abbreviation than it does when you say the full words?"

Stumped, Brian decided to look it up, which prompted Old Jay to say. "Don't cheat and use the Google or whatever it is you kids are calling it these days!"

Brian replied, "Thanks for the hint -now I know the answer!"

Continue reading, and you'll know it, too!

Highlight below for the answer.

"World Wide Web" has three syllables, whereas "WWW" has nine.


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(to show what a sage I am). When I was first introduced to www in 1993, I thought I understood the concept (like a big bulletin board). "Cool", I thought, "but they've got to change the name." It will never catch on with a name like World Wide Web, or even WWW... Safe to say, I'm not heavily invested in stocks.
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