An acronym deliberately formed from a phrase whose initial letters spell out a particular word or words, either to create a memorable name or as a fanciful explanation of a word’s origin: Biodiversity Serving Our Nation, or BISON (a backronym if ever there was one)
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- Later, around the mid-1970s, people began to make up backronyms for BASIC because they weren't sure.
- Choose one and then manufacture a ridiculous backronym to explain it.
- A number of recursive acronyms are backronyms, which used to expand to a different string but whose expansion changed once the acronym was well-known, for one reason or another, to one which included the acronym itself.
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