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Re: Bomb/balm

Posted by RRC on April 25, 2007

In Reply to: Bomb/balm posted by Cathy Thornton on April 25, 2007

: Hand bomb or hand balm? Lift the stones manually. I was told the spelling is balm - B.A.L.M. - Back, Arms, Legs, Manual. Please confirm.

This has been brought up a few times before if you'll search the archive and no one posted a definitive answer. I have doubts about the mnemonic/acronym explanation you were told. It's bad advice since you should lift with your legs and never your back. I think that it's probably a "backronym" where someone tries to explain an existing word as an acronym, e.g. a backronym for SPAM is Something Posing As Meat.