backronym

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Blend of back +‎ acronym.

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Examples
  • BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code)
  • FUCK (For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge) (folk etymology)
  • MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
  • POSH (Port Out, Starboard Home) (folk etymology)
  • SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
  • USA PATRIOT Act
  • WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

backronym (plural backronyms)

  1. A word that is originally not an acronym but is turned into one by devising a full form for it, sometimes as a folk etymology, sometimes as a contrived acronym to name a new organization, proposal, or other entity.

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backronym (third-person singular simple present backronyms, present participle backronyming, simple past and past participle backronymed)

  1. To create a backronym.

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