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Re: Re: Learning Perl as a First (programming) language

by Anonymous Monk
on Oct 25, 2003 at 02:09 UTC ( #302016=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Learning Perl as a First (programming) language
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I think you mean "backronym" unless you have a Perl program that a cron job runs whos purpose is to determine back formations. I wonder if the military uses such things? backronym n. portmanteau of back + acronym A word interpreted as an acronym that was not originally so intended. This is a special case of what linguists call `back formation'. Examples are given under BASIC, recursive acronym (Cygnus), Acme, and mung. Discovering backronyms is a common form of wordplay among hackers.

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