Friday, April 8, 2016

What’s the worst acronym ever?

In a blog post on  April 13, 2009 I asked What is the worst acronym ever devised? My answer then was the American Symphony Orchestra League’s use of ASOL.

But this month George Mason University came up with an even worse variation. They decided to rename their law school in memory of Antonin Scalia, the late Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Their first try was calling it the Antonin Scalia School of Law, which acronyms to ASSOL. This is such an obvious and vulgar synonym for anus that if you asked to put it on a custom license plate it would be rejected.

On further reflection that was altered to the less obviously offensive Antonin Scalia Law School (ASLS). Their first choice was sufficiently unbelievable to get a web page at

The image of a disgusted Uncle Sam was modified from a Puck magazine cover for February 17, 2009 found at the Library of Congress.

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