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?

Sincerely,
8yearoldsdude

2 comments:

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.