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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.
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Ned is falsely assumed to denote a "Non-Educated Delinquent," a pejorative backronym that permits symbolic power to denigrate with impunity under the pseudoscientific veneer of an official category, much like the recent use of NEETs (Not in Employment, Education, or Training) to classify unemployed young people in the UK (Lawson 2011).
There are "birthers" (those who question whether President Obama was born in the United States) and "truthers" (those who question whether some elements in the American government were complicit in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001); there are fans of radio talk-show host Glenn Beck and fans of Ron Paul; there are libertarians and disaffected members of the two major political parties; there are con stitutionalists and those who feel we are Taxed Enough Already (a backronym used frequently in the early days of the movement).