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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
First recorded in 1980-85; back1 + acronym
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