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in thread Perl Etymology, a Recondite List

The term I've heard for this is backronym.

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Re^3: Perl Etymology, a Recondite List
by revdiablo (Prior) on Oct 08, 2004 at 22:45 UTC

    Ah, yes. It seems retronym is a word, but the wrong one. From dictionary.com:

    retronym, n.
    A word or phrase created because an existing term that was once used alone needs to be distinguished from a term referring to a new development

    Backronym is indeed the correct word here.