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The word 'bacronym' is a portmanteau word - which is a combination of two others, in this case combining the words 'back' and 'acronym'.Some acronyms, usually amusing and ironic, are formed in reverse, i.e., by starting with a word, especially a brand name, or an existing acronym, and finding new words to fit each of the letters, for example the 'bacronyms' made from ACRONYM and YAHOO.The amusing term for these types of acronyms is 'backronyms' (or 'bacronyms').Backronyms feature strongly in the acronyms created from aviation and airlines and automotive and car make names, and in corporate name backronyms such as DIAGEO, and more recently AIG.The bacronym or reverse acronym device is not new, as seen in the old GWR interpretation.The acronyms and abbreviations in this listing can therefore be used for various purposes: for simple amusement; for finding unknown meanings; for illustrating and emphasising points that you wish to make in training or speaking or presentations; and for examples of how language and expressions develop and evolve.Whatever, acronyms and abbreviations add colour and texture to the written and spoken word, and to life in general.
Two notable and quite different examples of bacronyms being used to positive effect are ASDA and PIG.Bacronyms are often created as hoax explanations for the origins of certain swear words.Some of these acronyms could be considered 'politically incorrect', including a few which could be interpreted to be rude or offensive. And if you are easily offended please don't read the page.This free acronyms and abbreviations finder is a dictionary of useful acronyms and abbreviations for training, learning, teaching, etc.
They are a fascinating reflection of the development of communications, language and social attitudes.Strictly speaking, acronyms are words formed from the abbreviations of others, but as you'll see, many of these acronyms aren't words at all, and even some of the best known acronyms like LASER and RADAR have bent the acronym rules.