Recursive acronym

Updated: 07/13/2023 by Computer Hope

A recursive acronym is an acronym that refers to itself in its full form. For example, GNU is short for "GNU's Not Unix" and contains "GNU" in its full form.

Computer-related recursive acronyms

The following list are examples of computer-related recursive acronyms.

  • ATI (ATI Technologies Inc.)
  • cURL (cURL URL Request Library)
  • Darcs (Darcs Advanced Revision Control System)
  • GNU (GNU's Not Unix)
  • LAME (LAME ain't an MP3 encoder)
  • PNG (portable network graphics)
  • RPM (RPM Package Manager)
  • WINE (WINE Is Not an Emulator)
  • XNA (XNA's Not Acronymed)
  • YAML (YAML Ain't Markup Language)

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