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.
True or false: AMBER stands for "Alert Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response," but it's actually a backronym named for Amber Hagerman, a Texas girl whose 1996 abduction and murder led to the program's formation.
Alcoholics Anonymous created a backronym for the word "slip." What is it?
- Stop looking in place.
- sobriety losing its priority
- Sober life is possible.
Another backronym from Alcoholics Anonymous, "denial," stands for what?
- don't even notice I am lying
- don't ever need Its lens
- didn't even need it loud
True or false: Backronym use is rampant in Washington. The USA Patriot Act is a prime example.
How many HOME acts have been passed by congress?
Super PACs also use backronyms in their names. A super PAC supporting one-time 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina had to change its name from Carly for America to what?
- CARLY PAC
- CARLY for America Super PAC
- CARLY Super PAC
What is the name of the personal computer produced by Apple in the early 1980s, which also happens to be the name of Steve Jobs' first child?
This simple, high-level computer programming language was once common and has a backronym that does justice for its name.
True or false: SOS, the international signal of extreme distress, was actually designated because of its ease to transmit in Morse code.
The backronym "Apgar" was coined as a mnemonic learning aid for what?
- to assess the health of a newborn baby
- to assess a person before performing CPR
- to assess the vitality of fresh fish
In 2009, NASA renamed what on the International Space Station the "Colbert," thanks to overwhelming write-in votes from Stephen Colbert's fan base?
- a treadmill
- a new node on the ISS
- a telescope
As we mentioned, our friends in Washington have created some of the worst backronyms for bills they're trying to pass. What dental bill did California Rep. Diane Watson repeatedly try to get through Congress?
True or false: In 2009, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert introduced the Church Act, which, if passed, would have (among other things) directed the architect of the Capitol to "procure a historical plaque for display in National Statuary Hall to recognize the seven decades of Christian church services that were held in the Capitol from 1800 to 1868."
This type of depression is thought to be associated with late autumn and winter and caused by a lack of light.
- situational depression
- seasonal affective disorder
- premenstrual dysphoric disorder
James Bond supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld ran what fictional global crime organization with a super cool backronym?