Finally! Here’s what CVS stands for

As often as we go to CVS, we rarely think about what the acronym actually means.

CVS is one of the biggest names in both retail and pharmacy. Whenever you walk into, or drive by, one of the stores, you probably don’t stop to wonder what the three big red letters stand for; most people are content to just call it CVS. But, like a lot of other product and store names, CVS is an acronym, and now we know what it stands for. Here are the (often hilarious!) meanings of some acronyms you didn’t know were acronyms.

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Toothbrush and toothpaste
 

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Petroleum jelly

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Laundry detergent

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Milk

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Garbage bags

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Holiday and seasonal decorations/candy

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Diapers

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Paper towels

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Hair dye

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Flu shot

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Shampoo and conditioner

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CVS was founded in 1963 by Stanley Goldstein, Sidney Goldstein, and Ralph Hoagland. They called it “Consumer Value Stores.” The original store logo from 1964 broadcasted both the acronym and the full words. However, over time, the three letters “CVS” became so iconic that people knew what they meant—a one-stop destination for health and beauty products, not to mention one of America’s most trusted brands—without actually knowing what they meant. So, the famous “CVS/pharmacy” logo really means “this store is both a Consumer Value Store and a pharmacy.”

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L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask 

"The Purify & Mattify mask is an affordable product that works wonders! It left my skin feeling extremely clean, and my complexion was significantly brighter afterwards." - Sensible Stylista

"Love a good clay mask! does a great job of sucking the oil out of the skin"- Style Optimist

"I'm a huge fan of clay masks. I use one at least once a week. I love this one from L'Oreal because my skin felt clean and super smooth afterward, without feeling dried out!"- Simply Nicole

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"I was pleasantly surprised with this polish. I expected it to chip after a day or two and it lasted for a little over 5 days. I can’t wait to try the more neutral colors!" KC You There

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Milani Eye Tech Define 2 - In - 1 Brow + Eyeliner

"Love that this can be used on brows and line" Style Optimist

"I'm a minimalist when it comes to makeup. I hate having a million products, so I love that this is a 2 in 1. It's very easy to apply and doesn't smudge throughout the day." - Simply Nicole
 

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L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

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"My new favorite foundation! The formula isn't too thick but provides great coverage!"- Pink Heels Pink Trucks

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Price: $11.99

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Revlon Expert Nail Groomer

"I have used many nail groomers like this one in the past, but never one that was so high quality!" - Poised Avenue

"You cannot go wrong with a nail groomer and this one was no exception. Easy to use and sturdy." - Pink Heels Pink Trucks

"A must have. I even used it on my toddler!" -lipgloss and crayons

Price: $5.49

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ChapStick Total Hydration Merlot Tinted Lip Balm

"These chapsticks provide the perfect amount of moisture and a small amount of tint that is perfect for the cold winter months. The merlot shade is my favorite!" - Jana Style Blog

"I've always used ChapStick brand and this lives up to it's name. I really like that there's an added tint for a little more color". - Adored By Alex

Price: $4.99

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Umberto Boar & Nylon Oval Brush

"Made my hair look sleek and shiny by evenly distributing natural hair oils. Glided easily through my hair and didn't pull out lots of strands" Seamless Sea

"Love this brush! It went through my hair so easily and detangled my ends before blow drying and it also made my hair less static." - Jana Style Blog

"I found this product pretty refreshing. It tamed my frizzy fly-aways and detangled nicely." - Circa 88

"I'm a huge brush expert as very few brushes work on my extremely fine, but large amounts, of hair. This brush got through my tangles but helped to create that voluminous look I want from so many brushes but don't find." - Adored by Alex

Price: $10.99

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But wait, that might not be the only answer! According to Encyclopedia.com, Tom Ryan, one of CVS’s past CEOs, interpreted the three letters differently. Ryan, who was CEO from 1998 until 2011, pledged that he was running the company according to three “benchmarks”—Convenience, Value, and Service. He claimed that this, too, could be a possible interpretation of the acronym. Learn the meaning of another well-known company’s little-known acronym: H&M.

So, interestingly, the acronym has evolved, just like the CVS brand itself. Basically, it’s a Consumer Value Store that prides itself on Convenience, Value, and Service—but we don’t think CVSCVS has quite the same ring to it. Here are 11 words that don’t mean what you think they do.

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