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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.

Whatever, acronyms and abbreviations add colour and texture to the written and spoken word, and to life in general.

The word 'bacronym' is a portmanteau word - which is a combination of two others, in this case combining the words 'back' and 'acronym'.

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Two notable and quite different examples of bacronyms being used to positive effect are ASDA and PIG.

Bacronyms are often created as hoax explanations for the origins of certain swear words.

This collection is also a study in language and communications.

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.

They are a fascinating reflection of the development of communications, language and social attitudes.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.