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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
Learn English in February


TeachTeach Your TeacherHomePosts: 10,304 mod
A word that is not an acronym but is taken to be one, and for which a full form is invented by back-formation.

Some companies or products spawn multiple humorous backronyms, with positive connotations asserted by supporters or negative ones by detractors. For example, the car company Ford was said to stand for "First On Race Day", by aficionados,but disparaged as "Fix Or Repair Daily", by critics. Similar backronyms have been directed against many other automakers, such as "Fix It Again Tony" for Fiat.

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  • TinkaTinka Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭
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    It's quite difficult to find some suitable words with the beginning letter N :'(
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  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,662 ✭✭✭✭
    LOL - lots of love?
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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,304 mod
    mheredge said:

    LOL - lots of love?

    I used to think it meant that. I was so :cry: when I found people had been laughing at me.

    @Csilla - Thanks for the giggle. :smile:
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