Hey, What's a "Bacronym"? – IOTW Report

Hey, What's a "Bacronym"?

Today I Found Out:

What a backronym is (also commonly spelled bacronym).

In short, a backronym is when you treat a word that is not an acronym as if it was an acronym, constructing a phrase out of the word.  For example: Delta – Doesn’t Ever Leave The Airport

Backronyms are often used for humorous effect as in the example above, but they are also quite commonly used unintentionally. For instance, many people believe the word “wiki” is an acronym for “What I Know Is”, but in fact it is not.  The word ‘wiki’ is derived from the Hawaiian phrase “wiki wiki”, meaning ‘fast’. Thus used as: wiki – What I Know Is,  makes this an example of a backronym.

The earliest known reference to the word backronym in print was in a November 1983 edition of the Washington Post monthly neologism contest. more

Here are some that I’ve heard:

FORD = Fix Or Repair Daily
IROC= Italian Retards Out Cruising
KIA = Korean Industrial Accident
SWAG= Stolen Without A Gun
BING= Bing Is Not Google
FIAT= Fix It Again, Tony

57 Comments on Hey, What's a "Bacronym"?

  1. Of course…


    If she makes it through the primary this time, which is unlikely…


  2. @Anonymous — (wish you’d reveal yourself!)

    My dad was a huge Pontiac fan. I remember the high beam indicator was an Indian Chief head lit up in red. In the late 50s, early 60s, Pontiac was a great car.

    Back in the day when it was routine to trade cars every four years, we had a 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 Pontiac.

    Maybe I’m older than you.

  3. From the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    “Agent Ward, what does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for?”
    “Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division.”
    “And what does that mean to you?”
    “It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out SHIELD.”

  4. I remember when it was announced that magic johnson (that’s pretty funny on its own) had acquired aids…


  5. Federation Of Retarded Drivers
    More Owners Park And Run
    Simply Another Automotive Boat
    Heavily Overrated Nippon Driving Assembly

    I used to work in a service station. We thought of these all day long.

  6. IBM – Itty Bitty Machine Company, I’ve Been Moved, and Internal Bowel Movement. (from a friend in college whose father worked there).

  7. CARY (suburb in Research Triangle of North Carolina)


    Heard that from my brother, who lives there

  8. AWD=Angry White Dude, but I have to shift my mind into AWD when reading posts by Angry White Dude, just to remind myself nobody has a blog named All Wheel Drive. .

    Fix-Or-Repair, Daily

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