Backronym Whimsy

A while back, we wrote an article about retronyms. Now it’s time for more Word People whimsy!

Do you know what a “backronym” is? If not, you soon shall.

A backronym is a reverse acronym. (Alternative spelling: bacronym)

It’s an expression that has been formed from the letters of an existing word or name.

Examples include:

  • SAD: “Seasonal Affective Disorder”
  • MADD: “Mothers Against Drunk Driving”
  • ZIP code: “Zone Improvement Plan”
  • BANANA: “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody”


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