BASE jump

What does the “base” in “base jump” stand for? I always thought (not that I thought about it much at all), that “base” just meant a fixed point on land to jump from, as opposed to jumping out of an aeroplane. But now I realise it is in fact a crap acronym. Wikipedia tells me that BASE stands for:


These are the four categories of object you can jump from. The Wikipedia entry helpfully clarifies that “spans” means “bridges” and “earth” means “cliffs”.

Whoever came up with this (Carl Boenish?) had to pick awkward synonyms for two of the words they really wanted to use in order to shoehorn them in. It’s a classic crap acronym.

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