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->'''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

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.]]

For instance, no writer would have allowed New York's police force to come up with the abbreviation "NYPD". That can't even be properly pronounced. No, they'd have named it, ehm... something like the [[WesternAnimation/{{COPS}} Central Organization of Police Specialists]]. It doesn't matter so much that the full title is [[WordSalad essentially meaningless]] -- we got it to spell out COPS![[note]]COPS actually stands for Community Oriented Policing Services in the U.S. Justice Department.[[/note]] Heck, we can even sell some toys now! Or, you know what would be better than COPS, would be JUSTICE! So what does JUSTICE stand for? Nothing. That's right, we don't even ''need'' it to stand for anything if we don't want it to!

This isn't just for names that are cool, of course. It's also for names which ''accidentally'' hint at the true nature of an organization (e.g., a pro-tobacco council with the name CHOKE), or just as "accidentally" spell out something naughty or undignified.

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. Wiki/ThatOtherWiki calls it a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backronym backronym]].

Technically it's only an acronym if you pronounce it as one word (like "laser" or "scuba"), and if you spell out the letters, it's an ''initialism''. In practice, most people just use "acronym" for them all, so feel free to add them as examples.

See also InitialismTitle and AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload. Many examples involve a ShoehornedFirstLetter.

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