Is there a meaning behind the ‘QRSTUV’ license plate posted on Reddit?

Bruno Cooke November 21, 2022
Is there a meaning behind the ‘QRSTUV’ license plate posted on Reddit?
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A post in the subreddit r/funny featuring a photo of the rear of a Honda Element with the license plate “QRSTUV” has picked up nearly 20K likes – does it have a secret meaning?

Some of those commenting on the picture have noticed one or two other details about the car.

For one, it’s a Honda Element, but there’s a letter missing from the model name. 

Amid suggestions that whoever owns the car purchase a bumper sticker advertising a Detroit, Michigan radio station, some people may be wondering if there’s a deeper meaning to the whole combo.

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‘QRSTUV’ license plate goes viral on Reddit

The photo has so far picked up 19.2K likes. It went live early Friday morning – or late Thursday evening, depending on your time zone.

It’s of a Honda Element waiting at a set of traffic lights. The car’s license plate is “QRSTUV” – letters 17 through 22 of the Latin alphabet.

The last letter of the name of the car’s model is missing, meaning rather than reading “Element,” it says “Elemen.”

But whoever owns the car has modified it by adding an “OP” sticker after it, resulting in the word/letter combination “ELEMENOP.”

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What’s the meaning behind the ‘ELEMENOP’ and ‘QRSTUV’ combination?

If you say “Elemenop” aloud – as a word, rather than saying each letter individually – it sounds like you’re reading out the letters of the alphabet.

“Elemenop” sounds like “LMNOP.” Sort of, anyway. The “P” doesn’t quite make it in, but it’s an approximation. 

L, M, N, O and P are the 12th through 16th letters of the alphabet, while Q, R, S, T and V are the 17th through 22nd letters, meaning in total the car has been made to flaunt nearly half the letters of the alphabet.

There doesn’t appear to be any deeper meaning to the “QRSTUV” license plate. It’s just a little photogenic joke. But it bears explaining, since more than one Reddit user seems to have taken some time to notice the “ELEMEN OP” on the bodywork. 

And, as one notes, the “H” (for Honda) is “out of place.”

‘WXYZ – Now We Know Our Hits’ joke explained on QRSTUV meme

One Reddit user’s comment suggests the owner of the car needs a radio station bumper sticker to “complete” this picture.

Specifically, they suggest a WXYZ sticker, followed by the line, “Now We Know Our Hits.”

WXYZ is the name of a radio station broadcast out of Detroit, Michigan. Its name is now actually WXYT, but it used to be WXYZ; now WXYZ(-TV) is a TV station affiliated with ABC – the first three and last four letters of the alphabet, working together.

But the user’s point is that if the car owner had a bumper sticker advertising WXYZ, it would be sporting letters L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z. Which, you know, would be sort of amusing.

“Now We Know Our Hits” is a reference to the line in the popular English-language alphabet song: “Now we know our ABCs.”

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Who came up with the alphabet song?

The oldest published version of the tune is apparently from 1761. But no one knows who wrote it; it didn’t have any words.

But it uses the same melody as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, which owes its lyrics to English poet Jane Taylor. That’s from 1806.

It’s also similar to the tune of Baa Baa Black Sheep.

A common answer to the question of who came up with the alphabet song is that an American, Charles Bradlee, copyrighted it under the title The Schoolmaster in 1834. Meanwhile, in 1785, Mozart wrote Ah, Vous Dirai-Je, Maman (meaning Ah, Mother, If I Could Tell You) in 1785, which The Conversation writes sounds “a lot” like the alphabet song. Listen here.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.