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Markov Walker
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B.A.C.K.R.O.N.Y.M.S. by Markov Walker

September 6th, 2010 7:07 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: People love to make up acronymical explanations for words that aren't acronyms; for example, "cop" does not stand for Constable On Patrol.

This task asks you to make this creative mistake deliberately, to help the public understand what words truly mean. Find a word written somewhere out in the world, and publicly post what its letters stand for.

LOVE began life as an acronym. It once stood for:
Legal
Order
Verifying
Espousal

Before the term marriage entered the English language (through French, after the Norman conquest), couples with official state recognition of their unions were said to be "in love", that is, in the state of having a legal order verifying their espousal.

After the Norman conquest brought a host of new terms into the English language, including marriage, love slowly became more general. First couples with no legal order sanctioning their relations were still said to be "in love". Then love grew to encompass familial affection, and later still, platonic affection between friends. Eventually it was broadened to describe affections for favored artifacts, ideas, or stories, such as love of money, power, or Battlestar Galactica.

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Location is very approximate, since I can't remember exactly which block of Milwaukee this was placed on.



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posted by gh◌st ᵰⱥ₥ing on September 7th, 2010 9:38 AM

Word.

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posted by artmouse on September 7th, 2010 10:25 AM

makes you think about løve a little differently...

kudos for also incorporating a method by which to spread word of the game.

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posted by Markov Walker on September 11th, 2010 12:50 AM

My intention was merely to include a way for the curious to discover the etymology involved. But I suppose it has a happy side effect.

The Big Red X
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