Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

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).

BASIC is an acronym for Beginner's All purpose Symbolic Instruction Code and is not a backronym.

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