The example I am thinking of is GNU, which stands for "GNU's not unix".
It may be that there are no other examples. And maybe that's the whole joke. I was just wondering.
It's usually called a recursive acronym. It draws, by its very nature (and geekiness), a certain fondness from computer hobbyists and is thus heavily used in naming software packages, programming concepts or algorithms. There are, however, some non-technical examples (drawn from the Wikipedia page linked above):
Also of note: “GNU Hurd” is a mutually recursive acronym, where “Hurd” stands for “Hird of Unix-Replacing Daemons”, and “Hird” stands for “Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth”.
They're called "recursive acronyms":
For more examples, read DR Hofstadter's "Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid" - that's where I first heard of them, and many other wonders of language/math/science/art/computers/music as well.
Thank you for your interest in this question.
Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.
Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?