Tuesday, January 12, 2010

move to strike

Dear vast horde of lawyer readers/writers,

when did acronyms like POTUS and SCOTUS enter common written lexicon? I think it has to be within the last 8 years. I find them to be incredibly ugly words, and I wish their usage were stopped. Are they byproducts of blog/text-message language shift? Are they somehow byproducts of globalization of thought, now that authors feel they must acknowledge other presidents and supreme courts?



Terry said...

In the first season of the West Wing, one episode featured Sam Seaborn visiting a prostitute who told him when he came out of the shower that someone named "POTUS" was paging him. She asked who Potus was, so it hadn't entered the pop-culture lexicon by that point. Frankly I think the West Wing, as well as the proliferation of online political journals like Hotline and The Note, is what got those acronyms into the public eye.

Personally I don't have anything against POTUS or SCOTUS. FLOTUS sounds weird and VPOTUS is unpronounceable.

Wade Garrett said...

That's funny, I thought of that scene from the pilot episode of The West Wing, too. As popular as that show was, it only used that terminology every once in a while, whereas some political blogs use it almost every day. I think the blogs have put the daily workings and negotiations of Washington D.C. in front of the reading public to a greater extent than ever before, and so that sort of beltway slang is becoming increasingly widespread outside of the beltway.