Neologism

2007-05-30

in Writing

I learned a new word just now: ‘backronym.’ This refers to a situation where you take an existing acronym and create a new description based upon it. The excellent web comic PhD could be considered an example.

Somehow, this all arose from re-watching Oh Brother, Where Art Thou: definitely one of the better films of the last decade.

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Milan May 30, 2007 at 12:10 am

I remember now how it happened. The bank robber mentioned the Walther PPK. That made me curious enough to check the Wikipedia entry. That entry mentions the term ‘backronym.’

Milan May 30, 2007 at 1:23 am

The Coen brothers are very talented.

I want to see all of their films.

R.K. May 30, 2007 at 1:04 am

A very fine film.

Antonia May 30, 2007 at 10:41 am

I have seen a fair few. I think ‘Miller’s Crossing’ is currently my favourite next to ‘O Brother…’; the order shifts depending on my mood.

Antonia May 30, 2007 at 10:41 am

Then ‘Barton Fink’

Anon May 30, 2007 at 11:06 am

There are hundreds of backronyms related to computers:

http://www.ahajokes.com/com088.html

PCMCIA: People Can’t Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms

Anon May 30, 2007 at 11:10 am
Anon May 30, 2007 at 4:39 pm

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