A backronym is the same as an acronym, except that the words were chosen to fit the letters rather than the other way around. Confused? Take the quiz to see if you can figure these out.
AMBER actually stands for "America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response," but it is a backronym for Amber Hagerman, who was the missing and murdered child whose death was instrumental in founding the program.
Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs use backronyms as teaching tools. "Slip," for example, means "sobriety losing its priority."
AA's backronym for denial is "don't even notice I am lying."
In 2001, Congress passed the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (the USA Patriot Act).
Congress has passed three different HOME acts: the Hardship Outlays to Protect Mortgagee Equity Act, the Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act and the Housing Opportunity and Mortgage Equity Act.
The name was changed to CARLY for America Super PAC, as in Conservative Authentic Responsive Leadership for You. Using the backronym avoided breaking Federal Election Commission rulings. Go figure.
The computer, which Jobs admitted was named for his daughter Lisa, was later given the backronym Local Integrated Software Architecture.
BASIC, or Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, isn't as common today as it once was.
While we now relate "SOS" to "save our ship," that actually came after the SOS Morse code designation.
An Apgar score is used to assess the health of newborn babies and was devised by and named after Virginia Apgar. The backronym, which stands for "appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration," was created years later.
NASA renamed its ISS treadmill the Colbert, the combined operational load-bearing external resistance treadmill, after write-in votes for "Colbert" beat out NASA's four suggested options to name a new node on the ISS.
Watson repeatedly tried to get CHOMP, or Consumers Have Options for Molar Protection Act, through congress, without success.
The Church Act, or Congressional Hope for Uniform Recognition of Christian Heritage Act, failed.
Seasonal affective disorder, appropriately known as "SAD," is thought to be caused by lack of light.
Enrst Stavro Blofeld runs Spectre, aka Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.