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Whatever, acronyms and abbreviations add colour and texture to the written and spoken word, and to life in general.
They are a fascinating reflection of the development of communications, language and social attitudes.
This acronyms list contains acronyms and abbreviations, and 'backronyms' (acronyms constructed restrospectively to fit a word), with origins in the armed forces, healthcare, IT and various other business and training fields, including funny lifestyle and social acronyms and abbreviations.
The acronyms and abbreviations in this listing can therefore be used for various purposes: for simple amusement; for finding unknown meanings; for illustrating and emphasising points that you wish to make in training or speaking or presentations; and for examples of how language and expressions develop and evolve.
The amusing term for these types of acronyms is 'backronyms' (or 'bacronyms').
Backronyms feature strongly in the acronyms created from aviation and airlines and automotive and car make names, and in corporate name backronyms such as DIAGEO, and more recently AIG.
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Some of these acronyms could be considered 'politically incorrect', including a few which could be interpreted to be rude or offensive. And if you are easily offended please don't read the page.
Strictly speaking, acronyms are words formed from the abbreviations of others, but as you'll see, many of these acronyms aren't words at all, and even some of the best known acronyms like LASER and RADAR have bent the acronym rules.
Some acronyms, usually amusing and ironic, are formed in reverse, i.e., by starting with a word, especially a brand name, or an existing acronym, and finding new words to fit each of the letters, for example the 'bacronyms' made from ACRONYM and YAHOO.