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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.
21st Nov '15 8:55:24 AM GastonRabbit
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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 calls it a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backronym Backronym.]]
backronym]].
15th Aug '15 9:21:24 PM TrollMan
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-->-- ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes

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-->-- ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes
''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''
22nd Jul '15 12:34:29 AM Wrangler0Rourke
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1st May '15 7:48:14 AM Cieloazul
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Of course, sometimes a neat acronym can be derived from a sensible name. This is what we call the best of both worlds. (Or should that be the best of both [[IncrediblyLamePun words]]?)

For even more fun, make it a RecursiveAcronym, or add AcronymConfusion. 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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Of course, sometimes a neat acronym can be derived from a sensible name. This is what we call the best of both worlds. (Or should that be the best of both [[IncrediblyLamePun words]]?)

words]]?) For even more fun, make it a RecursiveAcronym, or add AcronymConfusion. AcronymConfusion.

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.]]
27th Apr '15 7:09:28 PM Discar
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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:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint I know that’s redundant, but otherwise it doesn’t spell anything.]]

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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:'''
girl'''S'''!\\
'''Susie:'''
"Slimy girls?!"
->'''Calvin:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint
girls?!"\\
'''Calvin:'''
I know that’s redundant, but otherwise it doesn’t spell anything.]]
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