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16th Aug '17 3:21:25 PM JCCyC
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In fictional acronyms, priorities are reversed. It's not so important that the full name be clear, memorable and to the point; it matters much more that the actual acronym spell out a word or phrase, preferably a {{meaningful|Name}}, [[RuleOfCool impressive]] (or just plain [[RuleOfFunny funny]]) one. This results in "backronyms", acronyms created before the names they allegedly stand for -- if the acronym even stands for anything at all. In other words, fiction tends to go for [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Appellations Creatively Relevant, Occasionally Nonsensical, Yet Meaningful]]. [[PrecisionFStrike Shit.]]

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In fictional (and sometimes [[TruthInTelevision not so fictional]]) acronyms, priorities are reversed. It's not so important that the full name be clear, memorable and to the point; it matters much more that the actual acronym spell out a word or phrase, preferably a {{meaningful|Name}}, [[RuleOfCool impressive]] (or just plain [[RuleOfFunny funny]]) one. This results in "backronyms", acronyms created before the names they allegedly stand for -- if the acronym even stands for anything at all. In other words, fiction tends to go for [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Appellations Creatively Relevant, Occasionally Nonsensical, Yet Meaningful]]. [[PrecisionFStrike Shit.]]
18th Jun '17 2:02:33 PM nombretomado
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In government, military, and engineering contexts, this is absolutely TruthInTelevision, probably because there are so many acronyms in those fields that nobody can remember them if they don't have a nice mnemonic. ThatOtherWiki calls it a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backronym backronym]].

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In government, military, and engineering contexts, this is absolutely TruthInTelevision, probably because there are so many acronyms in those fields that nobody can remember them if they don't have a nice mnemonic. ThatOtherWiki Wiki/ThatOtherWiki calls it a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backronym backronym]].
14th May '17 5:49:41 AM BlackJAC
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'''Grant Ward: S'''trategic '''H'''omeland '''I'''ntervention, '''E'''nforcement and '''L'''ogistics '''D'''ivision.\\

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'''Grant Ward: S'''trategic '''H'''omeland '''I'''ntervention, '''E'''nforcement Ward:''' '''''S'''''trategic '''''H'''''omeland '''''I'''''ntervention, '''''E'''''nforcement and '''L'''ogistics '''D'''ivision.'''''L'''''ogistics '''''D'''''ivision.\\
30th Apr '17 4:25:23 AM AtticusOmundson
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-->--''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' pilot episode

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-->--''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' -->-- ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' pilot episode
28th Apr '17 11:28:19 PM Rorosilky5
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30th Sep '16 11:59:35 AM bomberman121890
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In fictional acronyms, priorities are reversed. It's not so important that the full name be clear, memorable and to the point; it matters much more that the actual acronym spell out a word or phrase, preferably a {{meaningful|Name}}, [[RuleOfCool impressive]] (or just plain [[RuleOfFunny funny]]) one. This results in "backronyms", acronyms created before the names they allegedly stand for -- if the acronym even stands for anything at all. In other words, fiction tends to go for [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Appellations Creatively Relevant, Occasionally Nonsensical, Yet Meaningful]].

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In fictional acronyms, priorities are reversed. It's not so important that the full name be clear, memorable and to the point; it matters much more that the actual acronym spell out a word or phrase, preferably a {{meaningful|Name}}, [[RuleOfCool impressive]] (or just plain [[RuleOfFunny funny]]) one. This results in "backronyms", acronyms created before the names they allegedly stand for -- if the acronym even stands for anything at all. In other words, fiction tends to go for [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Appellations Creatively Relevant, Occasionally Nonsensical, Yet Meaningful]].
Meaningful]]. [[PrecisionFStrike Shit.]]
31st May '16 10:33:35 AM GGCrono
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->'''Calvin:''' Our top-secret club, G.R.O.S.S.– '''G'''et '''R'''id '''O'''f '''S'''limy Girl'''S'''!\\
'''Susie:''' "Slimy girls?!"\\
'''Calvin:''' I know that’s redundant, but otherwise it doesn’t spell anything.
-->--''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''
7th May '16 2:27:22 PM BlackJAC
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->'''Calvin:''' Our top-secret club, G.R.O.S.S.– '''G'''et '''R'''id '''O'''f '''S'''limy girl'''S'''!\\

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->'''Calvin:''' Our top-secret club, G.R.O.S.S.– '''G'''et '''R'''id '''O'''f '''S'''limy girl'''S'''!\\Girl'''S'''!\\



-->-- ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''

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-->-- ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''
-->--''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''

->'''Maria Hill:''' What does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for, Agent Ward?\\
'''Grant Ward: S'''trategic '''H'''omeland '''I'''ntervention, '''E'''nforcement and '''L'''ogistics '''D'''ivision.\\
'''Maria Hill:''' And what does that mean to you?\\
'''Grant Ward:''' It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out "shield."
-->--''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' pilot episode
5th Feb '16 8:43:16 AM valozzy
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See also InitialismTitle and AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload. Many examples involve [[JustForFun/SyndicateQuestersUnitedAgainstDeviousness a]] ShoehornedFirstLetter.

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See also InitialismTitle and AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload. Many examples involve [[JustForFun/SyndicateQuestersUnitedAgainstDeviousness a]] a ShoehornedFirstLetter.
5th Feb '16 1:04:19 AM Blue050645TL
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See also InitialismTitle and AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload. Many examples involve a ShoehornedFirstLetter.

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See also InitialismTitle and AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload. Many examples involve a [[JustForFun/SyndicateQuestersUnitedAgainstDeviousness a]] ShoehornedFirstLetter.
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