After the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February, George Mason University announced last month that it would be renaming its law school in his honor. The name, fittingly, was to be the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University. Sounds innocuous enough, until you realize that it shortens down to ASSoL.
Go ahead, sound it out. Yup.
Fortunately, after #ASSLaw and #ASSoL started trending on Twitter, the school leaders wisened up on their new name and made a quick transposition—the new name will instead be the Antonin Scalia Law School (or ASLS, for short).
The whole basis of the name change was an anonymous $30 million donation made to the university. So while the logical decision would’ve probably been to not put Scalia’s name on a law school to begin with, you can see exactly why they’re trying so hard to shoehorn it in now.
Don’t expect the jokes about GMU’s law school to die down anytime soon, though. In fact, knowing the late Justice Scalia’s own sense of humor, he might’ve even liked the idea of keeping it as ASSoL.