Re-expansions of existing acronyms
Common acronyms given new expansions relevant to their better-known ones.
PlantsBody Parts
VerminPet Names
alias of Names:Pet Names
The Dorothy Dorosett Brown Mobile Centre
These apronyms were created in response to this request on the Apronyms Forums (see I work at an SPCA and we received a grant to purchase a 38' RV equipped for surgery, education, and animal adoptions. I've been racking my brain trying to come up with a name for it. The official name is The Dorothy Dorosett Brown Mobile Center.
Inspired by the bugs inadvertently eaten during picnics, this category presents some interesting ideas about eating and cooking insects.
First names
The expansions may describe people known to the apronymists, or something about the origins of the names. Many people search the site for first names, perhaps expecting an expansion describing themselves. Without knowing anything about the person we can't create a relevant expansion, and if we did the expansion would not mean much for somebody who did not know that person. Many of the first names we have expanded probably suffer from that lack of relevance, but as they are so often searched for we feel as though some kind of expansion for a name is better than nothing... perhaps, like horoscopes, they can be interpreted to suit anyone to some degree.
Names of people who have contributed apronyms, expanded with reference to those particular people.
TitlesFictional CharactersYou Are What You Eat
People's names expanded as the foods they eat
Prank Calls
Names which could be used in prank phonecalls. So far these examples are from Bart in The Simpsons.
Code NamesBook of Mormon Characters
Famous peoplePet Names
These could be pet names for loved ones, or names of pets.
Assorted Verbs
Verbs which don't fit anywhere else
Assorted Adjectives
Adjectives that don't fit anywhere else... does that make them rejectives?
Macintosh & NewtonGamesProgramming
C variable types
Apronyms about the Cocoa frameworks for creating software for Mac OS X. See
Do Not Eat
Why not to eat computer hardware. Perhaps this was inspired by someone taking the 'Apple' brand name too literally.
iMac Fruit Salad
The five 'flavours' of iMac, as seen on the Rev. C, Rev. D, Slot Loading and DV iMac models introduced in 1999. See
Generic Hardware
The opposite of PRAY
These apronyms were created in response to this request on the Apronyms Forums (see I'm trying to come up with an acronym for my computer program, but I'm blanking. I've got a program called PRAY which encodes files. My program will decode those files, so basically it's reversing or undoing what PRAY did. Two possible names for my program that I've come up with are YARP (PRAY reversed) and ATHEIST. Of those, I think I prefer the first, but I can't come up with a decent acronym. The best I've come up with so far is Yet Another Reversal of PRAY, but while I like the ending the "YA" is totally wrong, since my program is the only one that exists :P
Code Names
Apronyms WebsiteWeb browsers
VA Data Acquisition
These apronyms were created in response to this request on the Apronyms Forums (see I work for the VA in the R&D department, working on Clinical Research Studies. We have a new online data acquisition program that is up & running and of course need an acronym.
Assorted PhrasesWords & Wordplay
Made Up Words
Acronyms about AcronymsLinguisticsRudeness
InsultsRude Advertising Slogans
Responses to a creativity challenge on using rude acronyms to attract attention to products, like BOGOF (Buy One, Get One Free)
Ridiculously long apronyms
Perhaps we have too much time on our hands. These were mostly attempts to gain the honour of 'longest apronym'
Humorous Job TitlesLiffs
Place names given meaning in Douglas Adams and John Lloyd's 'Meaning of Liff' books.
ReligionDrugsMacGirl & KeyBoard
MacGirl and her sidekick KeyBoard were invented during the course of creating all these apronyms. There are some short stories about MacGirl and KeyBoard which were intended for publication on a website, but they never got finished.
Cereal Killers
I'm not afraid of cereal killers... why, I eat cereal for breakfast!
When good scientists go bad
Other Characters
(Wannabe) Superheroes
Assorted NounsTime
Time n. A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future
People & Relationships
Love & LustLaw & OrderNationalities & Races
EmotionsPersonality Traits
alias of Time:Age
Beauty & HygieneAbuse
These apronyms were created in response to this request on the Apronyms Forums (see We are forming a new community group to end abuse, we are looking for a catchy acronym using the A for abuse. We don't want to limit ourselves to only family violence, or child abuse. Our purpose is to educate and raise awareness. Any help would be appreciated.
Sexually Abusive Youth Program
These are responses to the following request on the Apronyms Forums: Needing help creating an acronym for a program that I oversee. Words of interest are: sexually abusive youth specialized Individualized case management treatment
The Workforce
Employee Recognition Program
These apronyms were created in response to this request on the Apronyms Forums (see I work in accounting and we are trying to launch a departmental employee recongnition program. We wanted to create a reward with an acronym. We created some "guilding principles" for the award and I can't seem to make them into anything that it is fun. The seven guilding principles are: integrity, entrepreneurship & value creation, customer focus, knowledge, change, accountability, and respect. Can you think of how to make this make sense and fun. I would really appreciate any suggestions.
PoliticsArt & Literature
Shakespearean PlaysNursery Rhymes
Book TitlesThe Lord of the Rings
'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
Harry Potter Society
These apronyms were created in response to a request for a name for a Harry Potter society at Cambridge University. See the forum thread at
Fictional Characters
Computer Game CharactersThe SimpsonsThe Solitaire Mystery
Characters in the book 'The Solitaire Mystery' by Jostein Gaarder
Harry Potter
Characters from the 'Harry Potter' series by J. K. Rowling
Star Trek
The Lord of the Rings
Characters in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
Fictional Places
The Lord of the Rings
Places in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
Myths & Legends
MilitaryFood & Drink
Cereal KillersChefs
Computer CuisineInsectsPet food
Home(-cooked) Improvement
We didn't stop at icomputers and insects... apparently home-improvement products are good enough to eat too.
There is some controversy over whether paints should be eaten... read both sides of each argument and decide for yourself.
Threads & FabricYou Are What You EatUtensilsDrinksFood Outlets
Slow Teaching
Apronyms created while waiting for the lecturer to get to the point.
Academic RegaliaUniversity of Nottingham School of Community Health Sciences IT Subgroup
These apronyms were created in response to this request on the Apronyms Forums (see I'm part of a small subgroup of people who provide IT support to our School in the University. We'd like a little, very tongue in check acronym by which to refer to ourselves. We're having difficulty coming up with something -can anyone help?
Names of specific schools and universities
EntertainmentHousehold Objects
Towels are glorified in the Hitch-hikers' Guide to the Galaxy as being the most useful things in the universe. These apronyms point out some of the many uses of towels.
Beauty ProductsToysClothingThreads & Fabric
There's not enough fibre in computer parts, so we thought we'd give fabric a try.
Eating Utensils
TransportSports & Recreation
Martial Arts
Florida State Seminoles
These apronyms were created in response to this request on the Apronyms Forums (see We have a game coming up with our rival school, the Florida Gators. We are the Florida State Seminoles. and we want an Acronym for ESPN with something clever about us winning. If anyone could help that would be great.
AppleMicrosoftCar MakersCOYOTE
These apronyms were created in response to this question on the Apronyms Forums (see I'm trying to start a home based organizing business and I need an acronym for a tag line using the name COYOTE. Thought of Creatively Organize Your... then got stuck! Can anyone help me, even if you dont use my first three words?
A fictitious company invented by Charles H. Montgomery, Jr. SIRC stands for Sertintlee Infinnitlee Relieabell, Corporation or Simply Infinitely Reliable Clocks.
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