Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 20 03:04:28 UTC 2001

At 10:53 AM +0100 11/20/01, Jan Ivarsson TransEdit wrote:
>The website on Urban Legends, has an internal search
>engine, which under "acronyms" gives some hits on pseudo-acronyms.
>Jan Ivarsson
>jan.ivarsson at

Thanks; this is quite useful.  To save some time, you can go directly
to, which also contains a
couple I hadn't seen before, e.g.:
"NEWS" < 'North East West South'
"NYLON" < 'New York/LONdon'

and the usual insightful discussion from the Mikkelsons, urban legend
mavens par excellence.


P.S.  Some other web sites use "pseudo-acronym" for what I'd call
"initialism" rather than for these etymythological inventions.

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