Tag: James Bond
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Espionage, the practice of governments using spies to obtain political or military secrets from their rivals, derives from the French espionner ‘to spy’, which is also the root of spy (French espion). The clandestine nature of the job means that a number of vaguer euphemisms are commonly employed, such as operative, agent, asset, intelligence officer […]more
Everyone knows what an acronym is – an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word, like ‘NASA’ or ‘NATO’ – but not all know what a ‘backronym’ is. While acronyms are formed from phrases or names that exist beforehand, a backronym is an acronym deliberately created to suit […]more
What’s your favourite James Bond film? That’s a question that gets bandied about a fair bit, especially on a Friday night in the pub, once the subject of children’s TV of yesteryear has been exhausted. The answer might well be informed by the first of the franchise you were lucky enough to see. For me, […]more