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backronym

or bacronym, bak-ruh-nim, ˈbæk rə nɪm

noun
1.
an existing word turned into an acronym by creating an apt phrase whose initial letters match the word, as to help remember it or offer a theory of its origin. For example, rap has been said to be a backronym of “rhythm and poetry.”.
2.
the phrase itself. For example, “port out, starboard home” is a misleading backronym for posh .
Origin of backronym
1980-1985
1980-85; back1 + acronym
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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".
(2005-06-22)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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