"Never Again Volunteer Yourself” is a backronym (back acronym) of the word “navy” that has been printed on several gift items, such as bumper stickers, T-shirts and posters. “Never Again Volunteer Yourself” has been cited in print since at least 1990 and is of unknown authorship.
5 September 1990, The News (Frederick, MD), “Letters to the Editor,” pg. A6, col. 3:
When things weren’t going well, we used to say that “Navy” stood for “Never Again Volunteer Yourself.”
(William P. Kirk, Frederick—ed.)
Duck and Cover:
By Brenda Peterson
New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers
On the base, all the other navy wives kept Mathilde in line; but in the city, Mathilde got the notion that the navy was a four-letter word for Never Again Volunteer Yourself.
How to Connect
By Chris Shipley
Emeryville, CA: Ziff-Davis Press
NAVY— never again volunteer yourself
A Celebratory Roundup of Nomenclature Yielding Mischief:
Abbreviations, Neologisms, Initialisms, Acronyms!
By Don Hauptman
New York, NY: Dell Pub.
Navy means “Never again volunteer yourself.”
By Esther Smith
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
I didn’t find out what the word “Navy” meant until some people were joking one day and this guy told me that it meant, “NEVER AGAIN VOLUNTEER YOURSELF”.
Drawn to Injustice:
The Wrongful Conviction of Timothy Masters
By Timothy Masters and Steve Lehto
New York, NY: Bekley Publishing Group
I had been told by many people to never volunteer for anything in the Navy. One common joke I heard was that Navy stood for “Never Again Volunteer Yourself.”
New York City • Government/Law/Politics • Thursday, February 07, 2013 • Permalink