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George Mason hits a snag in renaming "Antonin Scalia Law School

George Mason University recently renamed its law school after the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia -- and then quickly realized the acronym that name created was problematic.

The school first announced it would change the name to The Antonin Scalia School of Law, or ASSoL, after receiving an anonymous $30 million donation on March 31.

Observers took to Twitter to comment on the acronym's similarity to a vulgarity, with many of those tweeting not a fan of the conservative justice.

The school acknowledged the issue in a letter to its students and alumni, writing, "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."

The school's name change will go into effect July 1, pending final approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Update: Perhaps not surprisingly, the school quickly revised it. In an April 5 announcement, it said it's been changed to The Antonin Scalia Law School.

The now completely-safe-for-work name (at least, for now) should be in effect July 1.

RIP #ASSLaw, it was fun while it lasted.


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