Whenever naming something, always keep in mind the acronym possibilities. George Mason University didn’t pay attention and they almost named their law school something filthy.
It must have seemed a straightforward way to honor a U.S. Supreme Court justice who was famous for, among other things, prizing straightforwardness. But then people began to titter about the unintended acronym of the Antonin Scalia School of Law — and now George Mason University has tweaked the name.
The new name for the institution in Arlington, Va., will be the Antonin Scalia Law School, says law school dean Henry N. Butler, citing “some acronym controversy on social media” as the reason for the change. The name will become final in July, pending approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
Antonin Scalia School of Law
“Where you going to school, Assol?”
“What did you just call me?”
Then there are the people who don’t even want Scalia’s name on the diploma. They probably would rather have ASSOL.
The school probably doesn’t care though, they’re already making bank on the name change.
When George Mason announced the new name for its law school Thursday, the school said it had received pledges of gifts totaling $30 million and that to recognize the windfall, its Board of Visitors had approved the name “The Antonin Scalia School of Law.”
The school will announce the new name in the coming months.