from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Plural form of backronym.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
September 29th, 2009 at 9:17 am forgive the awful name, I was never very good with backronyms
Using the wordplay of “backronyms,” some have redefined the word Allah as being “arm, leg, leg, arm, head,” meaning that there is no invisible, mystery god like that found in Judaism, Christianity or Arabic Islam—just human beings.
The Patriot Act continues a long tradition of American laws being given tooth-gratingly awful backronyms, and while I don't think it's Orwellia, it's unbearably ugly.
I reckon some backronyms are amazing and historical and really paint a picture. eg: Pom = slang for English person, from the convict days when they wore PoME [Prisoner of Mother England] on their convict clothes.
Personally, I hate backronyms anyway, but in this case I agree that it seems to take away any trace of professionalism from the name.
NAVSTAR-GPS is not an acronym but some backronyms have been created for it.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.