A is an acronym formed from an already existing word. Backronyms may be invented with either serious or humorous intent, or they may be a type of false etymology or folk etymology. The word is a blend of and .
Actually, i think I’ve heard of this, but thanks for putting it back on the playlist.
I feel like I should be able to rattle off a few good examples of my own, but nothing leaps to mind.
I guess words like SCUBA 🤿 (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Aparatus) are just cases like RADAR where somebody wanted something pronounceable and memorable, but wasn’t shoehorning a meaning into an existing word/acronym.
Is there a name for that? Coming up with a pronounceable acronym? Like SUSPECNA?
And from the Wikipedia article I ran into Backronymhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/