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BACKRONYM [1 record]

Record 1 2017-08-31


Subject field(s)
  • Lexicology, Lexicography, Terminology

[A] word [or series of letters] which has been made into an acronym ... even though it was not originally formed from one.


While acronyms are formed from phrases or names that exist beforehand, a backronym is an acronym deliberately created to suit a particular word or words, either to create a memorable name, or as a fanciful explanation of a word's origin.


Save Our Ship! It seems so obvious, but the purported acronym is actually a backronym. The international code signal of extreme distress, SOS was actually chosen for how easy it is to transmit in Morse code.


  • Lexicologie, lexicographie et terminologie

Mot ou série de lettres qui devient un acronyme après la fabrication rétroactive des mots ou de l'expression d'où proviennent les lettres qui forment l'acronyme.


Construire des rétroacronymes est une forme de jeu de mots, souvent plaisante, pour donner un sens à une expression qui n'en avait pas au départ, mais semblait être un acronyme.


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