A bacronym or backronym is a phrase specially constructed so that an acronym fits an existing word. For example, NASA's "Combined Operational Load-Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT)" was given that name in recognition of comedian Stephen Colbert's attempts to have a space module named for him. Backronyms may be invented with serious or humorous intent, or may be a type of false or folk etymology.
The word is a combination of backward and acronym, and has been defined as a "reverse acronym".
Charlie was first, and correct, with:
Backronym, or bacronym.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
A bacronym or backronym is a phrase specially constructed so that an
acronym fits an existing word
PPS: Hanukkah begins today, Saturday. As you know, Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday that lasts for eight different spellings.- Conan O'Brien
Dale of Diamond Springs took the day off.
A 'Backronym'... We had a good one in the CG. A 'BARF' was a person that was 'Basically, A Real F*ckhead'... A martinet... As in "What a BARF!"...
I'm sure you know the type so there's no need to expound further...
'It's-too-late' Moment -
Right-to-work legislation in Michigan: Thousands could mass for rallies at Capitol | Politics/Election 2012 | Detroit Free Pres
(with Thursday Capitol protest video)... The GOP controlled Michigan House and Senate rammed the bill through and the Guv will sign it, as early as Tuesday. I've read the earliest that the law could come into effect is (oh, the irony) April 1st...
Cynical Moment - How does the phrase go? Oh, yeah... Elections have consequences... I know not a few socially conservative Union members that voted for Snyder and other state GOP candidates as well. How do ya like 'em now?
Oh, well... It can't be helped cuz It's Saturday night... So I'm jus' gonna get it on... T. Rex - (Bang A Gong) Get It On  Video - YouTube
... and, Yow!... Yer dirty, sweet and yer my girl!...
Watched the Army-Navy football game and learned that the Midshipmen have a member from Hawaii named, and I kid you not, Wave Ryder. What a name for a naval career, eh?
She was a great favorite of my Uncle Jimmy.
Spent a lot of hours sitting on his couch, watching Irene Hughes & Montel Williams.
At the time I thought time was being wasted, but now, they are pretty good memories.
CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Amazing Race', then a FRESH'The Mentalist'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'Sunday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by 'Disney's Prep & Landing', then 'Disney's Prep & Landing 2: Naughty Vs. Nice', followed by the movie 'Christmas With Holly'.
The CW fills the night with what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has an old 'The Office', followed by an old 'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'The Simpsons', then a FRESH'Bob's Burgers', followed by a FRESH'Family Guy', then a FRESH'American Dad'.
MY has an old 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by another old 'How I Met Your Mother', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
AMC offers the movie 'Yours, Mine & Ours', followed by the movie 'Miracle On 34th Street', then the movie 'Miracle On 34th Street', again.
[6:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Moore Place
[7:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 2 - Ep 4 - Black Pearl
[8:00AM] AMAZON: SUPER RIVER
[9:00AM] CHEETAHS: FAST TRACK TO FREEDOM
[10:00AM] RICHARD HAMMOND'S CRASH COURSE - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Animal Sanctuary/Snake Wrangler
[11:00AM] TOP GEAR TOP 40-Episode 3
[12:00PM] TOP GEAR TOP 40-Episode 4
[1:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Oscars
[2:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - Season 2 - Ep 4 - La Riviera
[3:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Mixing Bowl
[7:00PM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982)
[9:30PM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982)
[3:00AM] TOP GEAR TOP 40-Episode 2
[4:00AM] TOP GEAR TOP 40-Episode 3
[5:00AM] TOP GEAR TOP 40-Episode 4 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Hot Tub Time Machine', followed by the movie 'Wedding Crashers'.
FX has the movie 'Step Brothers', followed by the movie 'The Other Guys', then the movie 'The Other Guys', again.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men', then a FRESH'Bamazon'.
[6:00AM] Comedy Bang! Bang!-Paul Rudd Wears a Red Lumberjack Flannel Shirt
[6:30AM] Comedy Bang! Bang!-Ed Helms Wears a Grey Shirt & Brown Boots
[7:00AM] The Brothers Grimm
[9:30AM] Dilbert-Elbonian Trip
[10:00AM] Dilbert-Tower of Babel
[10:30AM] Dilbert-The Little People
[11:00AM] Dilbert-The Knack
[12:00PM] Whitest Kids U'Know
[12:30PM] Whitest Kids U'Know
[1:00PM] From Within
[3:00PM] The Eye
[7:00PM] Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
[9:00PM] Friday the 13th -- A New Beginning
[11:00PM] Whisker Wars-The Wrath of Jack
[12:00AM] Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
[2:00AM] Friday the 13th -- A New Beginning
[4:00AM] Saw II (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00A] Standing In The Shadows Of Motown
[8:00A] MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Pilot (Episode 1, Season 1)
[9:00A] MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Dancing in the Dark (Episode 2, Season 1)
[10:00A] MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Guns and Gossip (Episode 3, Season 1)
[11:00A] MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Father Figures (Episode 4, Season 1)
[12:00P] Tiny Furniture
[1:45P] Standing In The Shadows Of Motown
[3:45P] Wall Street
[6:00P] Great Expectations
[10:00P] Say Anything
[1:45A] Wassup Rockers
[3:30A] Made for Each Other
[5:15A] Next Floor
[5:30A] ICONOCLASTS - Lena Dunham + Judd Apatow (Episode 2, Season 6) (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade', followed by the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull'.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are no strangers to Top 10 lists, but now they're poised to expand their knowledge of them beyond the music charts.
Rolling Stones leaders Jagger and Richards will appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" on Tuesday to deliver the Top Ten list for the night, CBS said Friday.
Though this will mark the first time that Jagger and Richards have appeared on "Letterman," they've appeared on the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater - where "Late Show" is taped - before. The Stones made numerous appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show," starting with their maiden performance on October 25, 1964.
The group will also perform at the Hurricane Sandy benefit concert 12.12.12 - The Concert for Sandy Relief, which takes place Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. Other performers at the benefit will include Paul McCartney, the Who, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Billy Joel and Eric Clapton, among others.
From L-R: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri and jury president and British film director John Boorman pose after receiving Gold Star Award for "The Attack" during the 12th International Marrakech Film Festival in Merrakech.
Lady Gaga has expressed "her gratitude" to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for opposing regional laws that make it a crime to provide minors with information about homosexuality.
The pop star tweeted Saturday that she thanks the former president for "not standing by your party's anti-gay propaganda law."
Gaga's tweet followed her arrival in St. Petersburg, one of the three Russian cities that have recently passed bills imposing fines of up to $150,000 for providing minors with information on homosexuality, which the laws term "homosexual propaganda."
Asked about the laws, Medvedev said in a televised interview Friday that "not all relations between people can be regulated by law."
Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but homophobia remains strong, and gay rallies been dispersed by police and militant Orthodox activists.
Linda Hope, daughter of the late actor Bob Hope, sells some Bob Hope memorabilia during a garage sale at the family's estate in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California December 8, 2012.
Photo by Jason Redmond
Singer Toni Braxton has been hospitalized in Los Angeles.
The R&B performer says in a Tweet on Friday that she's been hospitalized because of "minor health issues" related to Lupus. A spokeswoman confirmed the hospitalization but had no other details. "But no worries!," Braxton wrote to fans. "I will be out any day now."
The 45-year-old singer of "Un-break My Heart" revealed two years ago she has Lupus, a potentially deadly autoimmune disease that killed Braxton's uncle. She also suffers from a narrowing of the blood vessels in her heart.
Braxton said in a recent "20/20" interview that doctors told her the Lupus diagnosis meant her performing career would likely be diminished and the disease helped push her into a recent bankruptcy.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is asking MTV to cancel the West Virginia-based reality show "Buck Wild" that's set to air next year.
Manchin's office said Friday that he sent a letter to the president of the network saying the show profits off of "poor decisions of our youth."
The senator also said the show set to begin airing Jan. 3 plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of his home state.
The network ordered 12 episodes of the show last fall, and a trailer shows the cast drinking and swearing, four-wheeling and fighting, even filling a dump truck with water and using it as a swimming pool. It was shot in Sissonville and Charleston.
Kite-flying enthusiasts run with a kite in the shape of a traditional Kathakali dancer mask at the international kite festival in New Delhi December 8, 2012. The kite is the largest in India.
Photo by Mansi Thapliyal
\A lawyer in Tennessee who is mysteriously linked to millions of dollars in campaign contributions steered to congressional candidates doubled his investments in the weeks before Election Day and quietly funneled $6.8 million more to a prominent tea party group, according to new financial statements filed with the government.
William Rose of Knoxville previously told The Associated Press that his business was a "family secret" and he was not obligated to disclose the origin of what now amounts to more than $12 million that he routed through two companies he recently created. Rose did not immediately return phone calls from the AP on Friday. He previously complained that phone calls and emails from reporters were irritating.
The money went to the tea party's most prominent "super" political committee, FreedomWorks for America, which spent it on high-profile congressional races. The $12 million accounted for most of the $20 million the group raised this year.
The contributions are a glaring example of the murkiness surrounding who is giving money to politicians in modern elections, shaped by new federal rules allowing unlimited and anonymous donations. The law has allowed wealthy executives, corporations and other organizations to establish shell companies and mail drops to disguise the source of the money they give to political groups and politicians. But the mysterious donations linked to Rose by far eclipse any suspicious amounts paid to support the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.
The Lenox Lounge, a cabaret in New York City's Harlem neighborhood with a supercool, Art Deco style that made it a favorite of jazz greats like Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, is closing its doors on New Year's Eve.
Longtime owner Alvin Reed says that with rents rising, he can no longer afford the lease on the jazz landmark. It opened in 1942.
He says the landlord wanted $20,000 per month.
The space is set to be taken over in the new year by Richard Notar, a managing partner at Nobu Restaurants.
Foreigners visiting the Netherlands in winter are often surprised to see that the Dutch version of St. Nicholas' helpers have their faces painted black, wear Afro wigs and have thick red lips - in short, a racist caricature of a black person.
The overwhelming majority of Dutch are fiercely devoted to the holiday tradition of "Zwarte Piet" - whose name means "Black Pete" - and insist he's a harmless fictional figure who doesn't represent any race. But a growing number are questioning whether "Zwarte Piet" should be given a makeover or banished from the holiday scene, seeing him as a blight on the nation's image as a bulwark of tolerance.
"There is more opposition to Zwarte Piet than you might think," says Jessica Silversmith, director of the regional Anti-Discrimination Bureau for Amsterdam. She said that historically her office received only one or two complaints per year, but the number jumped to more than 100 last year, and will escalate much further this year.
There are various versions of the history of St. Nicholas - "Sinterklaas" in Dutch - and of Zwarte Piet, who made his debut as an African servant in an 1850 book.
"Nobody is against the Sinterklaas celebration or is calling people who celebrate it racist," said Silversmith. "But it is time to consider whether this is offensive, whether there actually are racist ideas underlying Zwarte Piet."
No government agency is taking action to remove the decaying carcass of a whale on a California beach, making it appear the job will be left to Mother Nature.
The corpse of the huge fin whale created a spectacle on Friday as people wandered down the narrow Malibu beach to look at the remains - white bones, rolls of blubber and the tail flukes trailing along the water's edge.
Looking over the whale, Malibu resident Ben Dossett suggested there was now no need to try to remove it.
The smell had largely faded away, but still attached to the shoes of those who came near. Some people took pictures, a boy poked the bones and dogs sniffed it.
A hippopotamos calf sits next to his mother (bottom) Kathi at the zoo in Berlin December 7, 2012. The yet un-named male calf was born on November 23 and is the fourth offspring of the 37-year-old Kathi.
Photo by Thomas Peter
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