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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.
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.
Whatever, acronyms and abbreviations add colour and texture to the written and spoken word, and to life in general.
They are a fascinating reflection of the development of communications, language and social attitudes.
The amusing term for these types of acronyms is 'backronyms' (or 'bacronyms').
This acronyms list contains acronyms and abbreviations, and 'backronyms' (acronyms constructed restrospectively to fit a word), with origins in the armed forces, healthcare, IT and various other business and training fields, including funny lifestyle and social acronyms and abbreviations.
Dow Jones receives a share of these revenues when users click on a paid placement.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.