Phat [was Re: gay/ghey/ghay]

Mullins, Bill Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Fri Jun 4 16:03:02 UTC 2004

> There are indeed
> bac(k)ronyms of this sort--the PATRIOT Act is a recent
> example, or SPECTRE from the old James Bond books, or (I
> assume) the WAVES. . . .

The U.S. Army Missile Command (my employer) is full of these
backronyms --
PATRIOT Missile: Phased Array Tracking Radar Intercept On Target
ATACMS Missile: ("Attack 'ems") Army Tactical Missile System
BAT Submunition:  Brilliant AnTiarmor Submunition (this one is
awkward, but was contrived because the sensor on the BAT is an
acoustic one, like the mammal).
HAWK Missile:  Homing All the Way Killer

and the other services:
HARM  High speed Anti Radiation Missile
ALARM   Air Launched Anti Radiation Missile

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