backronym

(redirected from Bacronym)
Also found in: Dictionary, Medical.

backronym

(jargon)
(Backward acronym) A word which has been turned into an acronym by inventing an expansion, rather than the other way around. E.g. "ping".

backronym

(BACKward acRONYM) A reverse acronym. Instead of turning a multi-word term into letters, such as "central processing unit" into CPU, a given set of letters becomes a multi-word term. For example, TEMPEST was a code name that was turned into "Telecommunications Electronics Material Protected from Emanating Spurious Transmissions." DVD originally meant "digital video disc" but was later changed to "digital versatile disc." See acronym.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
acute distress"), where the NAD is possibly a bacronym based on the probably genuine acronym NAD, meaning "no acute/active disease," which is sometimes used in seriousness as a casual summary of a patient's evaluation.
The bacronym presumably was promulgated after keypunch cards had become more familiar than telegraphy tape, certainly not much before 1960, and after the word had been reinterpreted (likely through an intermediary term such as chad box) as (optionally) an uncountable noun referring to a mass of debris.
The fish as a Christian symbol is said to be from an acronym in Greek (Jesus Christ Son of God Savior, written in Greek "Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter," giving the acronym ichthys, meaning 'fish'); but some claim it's a bacronym.