George Mason University’s (GMU) law school, which is being renamed in honor of late Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia, is having its name reworked after it accidentally inspired several vulgar acronyms.
GMU initially announced March 31 after receiving a pair of gifts worth $30,000,000 total ($10 million from the Charles Koch Institute and $20 million from an anonymous donor), its law school would henceforth be known as the Antonin Scalia School of Law. Scalia died in February.
But within minutes of the announcement, Internet commentators pointed out the school’s name could easily be abbreviated as ASSLaw. Others pointed out the similarly unappealing ASSOL was a viable acronym.
Now, that online sniggering appears to have had an effect.
“Under the terms of the anonymous gift, we are authorized to use a variety of different names,” GMU said in a Tuesday announcement. “The name initially announced – The Antonin Scalia School of Law – has caused some acronym controversy on social media. The Antonin Scalia Law School is a logical substitute.”
TASLS, fortunately, is not yet a vulgar term.
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