A backronym or bacronym is a word that falsely claims to be an acronym intentionally or unintentionally. A backronym may be used because of a misunderstanding of the origin of the word or is used to help with remembering a word or concept that relates to the word.
Examples of computer backronyms
Below are some examples of computer-related backronyms.
- Acronym (A Concise Representation Of Nomenclature Yielding Mnemonics).
- LISA (Local Integrated Software Architecture).
- NT (network technology, non-trivial, and not tested).
- PCMCIA (people can't memorize computer industry acronyms).
- Perl (Practical Extraction and Reporting Language).
- ping (packet Internet groper).
- RIMM (Rambus In-line Memory Module).
- SOS (save our ship, save our souls, and sing or swim).
- TWAIN (technology without an interesting name).
- Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity).
Note: BASIC is an acronym for Beginner's All purpose Symbolic Instruction Code and is not a backronym.