A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 01, 2013
Father And Mother I Love You ("family” backronym)

A popular backronym (back acronym) of the word “family” is “Father And Mother I Love You.” “We must always remember the true meaning of FAMILY: Father And Mother, I Love You” was cited in print in 1989. It is not known who first coined the backronym.

“Father And Mother I Love You” has been printed on many gift items, such as T-shirts and posters.


Wiktionary: family
Etymology
From Latin familia, from famula (“female servant”).

21 May 1989, Boston (MA) Globe, “A Canadian park as big as all outdoors (almost)” by Richard P. Carpenter, Travel, pg. B8:
Three examples: In San Francisco: “We must always remember the true meaning of FAMILY: Father And Mother, I Love You.”

Google Books
Mary’s Little Lamb:
A Mick Hart Mystery

By Lawrence Christopher
Atlanta, GA: MF Unlimited
2003
Pg. 5:
FAMILY is an acronym for Father And Mother I Love You.

Google Books
Give God the Glory!:
The Godly Family Life

By Kevin Wayne Johnson
Clarksville, MD.: Writing for the Lord Ministries
2005
Pg. 3:
Simply put, the family centers around mom and dad. It means:
Father
And
Mother
I
Love
You

Twitter
balarkliang
‏@balarkliang
英文中的Family,家,有一个美丽的解释:Family=Father And Mother I Love You
10:56 AM - 12 Jun 07

Google Books
My Garden Is Growing
By Caralyn Sconzo
Passion For Publishing Publishers (pfppublishers.com)
2008
Pg. 122:
What does family stand for?
Father And Mother I Love You (Family)

Google Books
Dactionary:
The Dictionary with Attitude ... Or a Reactionary Dictionary

By Philip Bradbury
BBCorp (bbcorp.info)
2010
Pg. 111:
Family - Father And Mother I Love You

Twitter
Kinanti J.A
‏@KinantiJA
Aku gaktau, kan cuma ngert._.RT @carinsy: ini kayak status fb gue deh *mjb RT @kiinciw: RT @SrhAprl: FAMILY: Father And Mom I Love You.
12:32 AM - 8 Sep 10

Twitter
™John Doe.✞
‏@iAm_RH3
F.A.M.I.L.Y is one of the strongest words anyone can say, because the letters of FAMILY means Father And Mother I Love You..
8:19 PM - 31 Oct 13

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Friday, November 01, 2013 • Permalink