B.D. Bhargava of Agra, India, has created what he says is the world’s first and only dictionary of bacronyms.
According to Wikipedia, a bacronym is “a phrase that is constructed ‘after the fact’ from a previously existing word or abbreviation, the abbreviation being an initialism or an acronym.”
Bhargava’s collection, which he created with help from his daughter, includes more than 4,000 words, which is pretty impressive, considering that some of the words are quite long. I’ve occasionally tried creating bacronyms for my columns, without knowing that I was bacronyming:
When it came to inventing things, Dongah was out of his element, overshadowed by a caveman named Hongah, widely considered the greatest inventor of his time, having created what he called the “female-impressing raging energy” (FIRE). Unfortunately for Hongah, fire didn’t impress many women, partly because they could no longer relax in the evening. They were now expected to cook. [Link]
I couldn’t imagine coming up with more than 4,000 bacronyms, so I tip my hat to Bhargava, who, at 75, has a rather inventive mind.
Here are some examples of Bhargava’s bacronyms, a few of them rather amusing:
ACTION: Anticipating Certain Trouble Initiate Operation Now.
BEST: By Every Standard Tops
BLARE: Blow Loudly Almost Ruining Eardrums
BOW: Bend Over Willingly
CLIP: Conveniently Lock In Place
CRAM: Constantly Repeat And Memorize.
DATE: Dote Around Touching Erotically
DIG: Doggedly Impact Ground
EAR: Earliest Audio Receptor
FLOP: Film Low On Popularity
PACK: Pile And Cautiously Keep
PATIENCE: Perseverance And Tolerance In Extremely Nasty
RIP: Ruin Items Permanently
STOMACH: Sensitive Turbulent Organ, Metabolism Activity
UMPIRE Unusually Meticulous Person, Imposes Rules Expertly
VOTE: Voice Of The Electorate
(More bacronyms can be seen at his blog. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org)