15 Inspirational Mottos and Their Backronyms

15 Inspirational Mottos and Their Backronyms

One activity that has helped my family survived our no television weekdays rule is playing board games. We have a good collection to choose from in case some of us needs some more exciting entertainment.

Recently, my little one started becoming interested in creating his own “board” games. His latest design involved piles of same colored crayons and some numbers written in a folded piece of paper.

One evening, my son was setting up the game and invited me to play a round.

The game starts with one player opening the folded piece of paper to choose a particular fold, with each holding a unique number.

Being the inventor of the game, my son of course declared that he has the privilege to be the first player.

After unravelling the paper and choosing a fold, he suddenly jumped and read out loud, “Seven!”. He then proceeded to pick one crayon from each pile.

As he lined up each crayon, I saw a pattern in the placement of the crayons. Now it was my turn to shout, “ROY G. BIV!”

His face contorted with a slight smile. Always the ever curious child, he asked, “What is that?”

So I explained to him that it’s a name that helps me remember the colors of the rainbow.

ROY G. BIV stands for Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.

Upon hearing this, his initial confusion turned to excitement, as if I just gave him a bag of Skittles.

A Word to Remember

Back in school, one of the strategies that many of us were taught in order to remember important information was mnemonics. What I remembered most is the name mnemonic where the first letter of each word in a list is used to form a name.

To this date, I cannot forget the colors of the rainbow because of the name mnemonic, ROY G. BIV.

Then the other day, my other half introduced me to the name Yolo. It was now my turn to be curious.  What’s in the name? My husband then explained it to me.

YOLO stands for You Only Live Once.

I thought, this is more an acronym. But of course, if your name is Yolo, you can say that this is a backnonym.

According to Oxford Dictionaries, a backronym is:

The same as an acronym, except that the words were chosen to fit the letters.

If a backronym or an acronym helps you remember the words, then it’s also a mnemonic.

Whatever it is, I think you’ll agree with me that YOLO is an uplifting motto. It’s a great reminder to live your life to the fullest because You Only Live Once.

I then went on a search for other inspirational mottos and their backronyms.

15 Inspirational Mottos and Their Backronyms

Here’s are 15 inspirational mottos and their backronyms:

#1 YOLO – You Only Live Once

YOLO You Only Live Once

#2 LIFE – Live It Fully Everyday

LIFE Live It Fully Everyday

#3 FEAR – Face Everything and Rise

FEAR Face Everything and Rise

#4 PUSH –  Persist Until Something Happens

PUSH Persist Until Something Happens

#5 FAIL – First Attempt In Learning

FAIL First Attempt in Learning

#6 HOPE – Have Only Positive Expectations

HOPE Have Only Positive Expectations

#7 GREAT – Get Really Excited About Today

GREAT Get Really Excited About Today

#8 JOMO – Joy of Missing Out

JOMO Joy of Missing Out

#9 TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More

TEAM Together Everyone Achieves More

#10 FOCUS – Follow The Course Until Successful

FOCUS Follow The Course Until Successful

#11 ASK – Always Seek Knowledge

ASK Always Seek Knowledge

#12 GUTS – Genuine Urge to Succeed

GUTS Genuine Urge To Succeed

#13 WIN – What’s Important Now

WIN What’s Important Now

#14 GOAL – Grab Opportunity And Live

GOAL Grab Opportunity And Live

#15 FAITH – Full Assurance In The Heart

FAITH Full Assurance In The Heart


Do you know of any other inspirational mottos and their backronyms?

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