Recursive Acronym

A type of acronym commonly used in the computer and technology industry that will reference a person, company or a product name in the acronym itself. Sometimes the acronym is created using another company or product’s acronym if it is a related development. Often, recursive acronyms are created from the egotistical or humorous nature of the developer. Some examples of recursive acronyms in the technology industry include the following:

  • Zinf (Zinf Is Not Freeamp): this recursive acronym references technology name in the acronym.
  • SPARQL (SPARQL Protocol And RDF Query Language): this recursive acronym references another technology name in the acronym.
  • CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment): this recursive acronym references “Allegory of the Cave” by the Greek philosopher Plato in the acronym.

See also acronym.

Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

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