A backronym or bacronym is a specially constructed acronym created to fit an existing word. For example, NASA named its ISS treadmill the Combined Operational Load-Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT) after Stephen Colbert. The backronym was a lighthearted compromise in recognition of the comedian's ability to sway NASA's online vote for the naming of an ISS module.Backronyms may be invented with serious or humorous intent, or may be a type of false or folk etymology.The word is a combination of backward and acronym, and has been defined as a "reverse acronym".
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