Many people tell me that the full form of NEWS is North,East,West and South. For quite a long it looked convincing to me as the full form seemed to cover all the direction giving an impression that any thing happened in any direction in reported by the News. After a little pondering however I found that the base of the word may be just "new". It simply means what is new. Later on may be convey specifically about new information it might have got changed to news. Is it correct or I am missing some thing over here?
That's what is called a backronym, i.e. inventing a meaning for a word that already exists.
You can look up any etymology for news, like at dictionary.com, to see that it comes from middle english newis, and is not an acronym at all.
It's very possible that some news media has used the coincidence that the letters in news correspond to the cardinal directions in a design, thereby starting the rumour that it's an acronym.
Many people are wrong. "News" (reports of current events) comes from "new" in the obvious way.
Almost every etymology that involves an acronym is false.
protected by simchona♦ Jul 5 '12 at 3:11
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