A recursive acronym is an abbreviation that recursively refers to itself in the explanation of its meaning . H. paradoxically, contains its own abbreviation as part of the written out term (see construction methods). Recursive acronyms are usually initial words . The term is also used for abbreviations that are not actually acronyms. Most recursive acronyms appear in free software projects .
Construction method 1
Real recursive acronyms can be constructed using a simple method:
- Think of an acronym for your project, preferably one that you can pronounce:
→ z. B. A cronym- R ecursion- F Indians .
- You add a letter to this acronym at the front, preferably so that you get a pronounceable, even better a meaningful word, for example with an N :
→ that results in NARF .
- It is then used throughout the acronym as its first part
→ which it then to the N ARF A cronym- R ecursion- F Indians has become.
Construction method 2
- Use a specific existing term that describes the project: e.g. B. great .
- In turn, the first letter is S uper .
- Starting with the second letter of the term, expand each letter to a word so that a meaningful term emerges, e.g. B. S uper U nited P rocedural E nvironment R elocator .
|D arcs||a dvanced r evision c ontrol s ystem|
|G NU||is N ot U nothing|
|J ACK||A udio C onnection K it|
|K IKO||i st not KO KA|
|L AME||A in't at M p3 E ncoder|
|N eo||e rgonomisch o ptimiert|
|P HP||H ypertext P reprocessor|
|P ine||I s N ot E lm|
|S pam||P osting A nnoys M e (a Backronym )|
|S PARQL||P rotocol a nd R DF Q uery L anguage|
|T ikZ||I st k a Z oak program|
|T ux||u ses X (possibly also a backronym )|
|V ISA||I nternational S ervice A ssociation|
|W INE||I s N ot to E mulator|
|X INU||I s N ot U nix|
|X NA||'s N ot A cronymed|
|Y AML||A in't M arkup L anguage|
|Z inf||I s N ot F reeA * p|
|Z ope||O bject P ublishing E nvironment|
|HURD||H IRD of U nix- R eplacing D aemons|
|HIRD||H URD of I nterfaces R epresenting D epth (In this special case, both abbreviations together represent a recursive acronym because they refer to each other.)|
No "real" recursions
Some closely related phenomena are not strictly recursive acronyms. Usually, the abbreviation occurs as a word in the written term. However, it does not mean itself, but a real word with the same spelling. With others, the recursion is generated by an alternative interpretation of the letters found later by a third party.
|A NNA||A NNA is N ot a N A cronym|
|B AMs||B AMs in A ction and M otion|
|B LG||B LG L ogistics G roup (BLG actually stands for B remer L agerhaus G esellschaft)|
|B AND||B and U ENVIRONMENT and N aturschutz D erm e. V.|
|C ArL||C arl A lexande R L Erdorf, son of PHP father Rasmus Lerdorf|
|C AVE||C ave A utomatic V irtual E nvironment|
|H ELP Jamaica!||H elp E stablish L ibrary P rojects in Jamaica!|
|J oe||J oe's o wn e ditor|
|P ARTEI||P artei for A ork, R real state, T ierschutz, E lite promotion and grassroots I NITIATIVE|
|P NG||P NG is N ot G IF (joking abbreviation, PNG actually stands for Portable Network Graphics )|
|R PM||R PM P ackage M anager (Was originally R ed Hat P ackage M anager)|
|T AP||T AP A ir P ortugal (TAP actually stands for T ransportes A ereos P ortugueses)|
|T OP||T op O f the P ops|