Backronyms

Narrative Magazine has a Backronym competition going on, and though I'm not the most creative person with stuff like that, I thought it would be fun to have a little competition (minus the uh, competition part) of my own here on My Thoughts Exactly.

Here's an explanation of a Backronym, according to NM:

IN NOVEMBER 1983 Meredith G. Williams won theWashington Post’s monthly neologism contest with the word backronym. He defined his entry as “the same as an acronym except that the words were chosen to fit the letters.”

A backronym is a phrase created to transform an existing word into an acronym, where each letter stands for another word. Here are three examples of backronyms that have become common:

Cop: constable on patrol

Golf: gentleman only, ladies forbidden

Adidas: all day I dream about sports

So would anyone like to create one and share it?  Maybe something that has to do with your personality, your WiP's, or just something you consider funny?

Here's mine (and I'd like to remind you of the "I'm not good at stuff like that" comment I made earlier): 

Cat - canine antagonizing tyrant (ha!)

I tried to do one with the word "writer", but a three letter word was as far as I could go on my lack of sleep this weekend.  Feel free to share any if you have 'em!

Happy Monday!



5 comments:

Travener said...

Tithe: This is too hard, everyone.

Elizabeth Lynd said...

Okay, here's one for WRITER:

When Random Insightful Thoughts Emerge Repeatedly.

(Or, on frustrating days, substitute "idiotic" for "insightful." Both work.)

(I used to play an online game called acrophobia, in which you'd race to come up with the funniest "meaning" for random strings of letters. It's long gone, and I miss it. My first forays into online chat, too.)

coffeelvnmom said...

Travener - good one! So true!

And Elizabeth, I'm not even going to tell you how long I worked on trying to do that word. You rock.

You both made it look so easy. And to think, all I could do was CAT. lol

Scobberlotcher said...

Love your cat example!

ASK: Answers supply knowledge

coffeelvnmom said...

Oooh.. "ask" is a good one too!