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The URL for Chris Christie's new political action committee has occasioned a certain amount of innocent merriment, because LeadershipMattersForAmerica.org naturally suggests the acronym LMFAO, normally interpreted as "laughing my fucking ass off":

Evidence that the distribution of capital letters is original:


This will probably not start a trend of PACs with amusing acronyms, but we can always hope.





  1. Dick Margulis said,

    February 1, 2015 @ 7:29 am

    In Christie's case, I think the natural interpretation for the F is fat rather than fucking. In any case, the f is not capitalized in their camel-capped URL or in the corporate name, for whatever reason (hopefully because someone was paying attention and chose not to capitalize a preposition). So, no, not in the original.

  2. Victor Mair said,

    February 1, 2015 @ 7:54 am

    Two nights ago, I wrote to a friend: "ROTFL!!!!!!!!!!!"

    His immediate reply: "You're far too polite. In my circles it's ROTFLMFAO."

    I had never heard of that one.

  3. Paul said,

    February 1, 2015 @ 9:23 am



    OMG!!!! -> OMG!!1!! -> OMG !!one!! -> OMG!!!!eleventyone!!!!!, etc.

  4. Ben said,

    February 1, 2015 @ 11:33 am

    "In Christie's case, I think the natural interpretation for the F is fat rather than fucking."

    Haha, that's funny because Chris Christie is fat, and we sure do hate fat people, amirite?

  5. Mara K said,

    February 1, 2015 @ 12:56 pm

    Can we call them PAC-ronyms?

  6. Karl Weber said,

    February 1, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

    The closest historical analogy may be Nixon's Committee to Re-Elect the President, which astute character analysts often referred to as CREEP.

  7. Norman Smith said,

    February 1, 2015 @ 4:24 pm

    In Canadian politics, the Reform Party (ex Conservatives, mostly), eventually merged with some others to form what was known unofficially as the "Conservative Reform Alliance Party", with an unfortunate acronym.

  8. chips mackinolty said,

    February 1, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

    Acronyms can be problematic.

    Back in 1985, the "University College of the Northern Territory" was established as an interim institution to morph from the Darwin Community College, and Darwin Institute of Technology, to a formal university (ultimately called by its present title, Charles Darwin University). Degrees during this time were to be granted by the University of Queensland for courses undertaken in Darwin.

    For a brief period in early 1985, planners were referring to this arrangement as the "college of the university of the Northern Territory". It was not until the job of a logo design was presented to a graphic designer that an apparently unfortunate acronym was noticed. LMFAO! The moral of the story is that typographers/graphic artists should be employed early in the piece ,,, though is it possible in the case of Chris Christie, the graphic artist knew exactly what she/he was doing?

  9. Dick Margulis said,

    February 1, 2015 @ 10:02 pm

    Ben, I think I outweigh Christie. Make of that what you will.

    chips, Kodak named one of their units in Rochester the United States Equipment Division. Until the day the (expensive) new sign out by the road was unveiled in front of the gathered dignitaries. Oops.

  10. George said,

    February 2, 2015 @ 4:01 am

    I'm always a bit tickled by the Ferrovie federali svizzere

  11. Rodger C said,

    February 2, 2015 @ 7:59 am

    Then there's IU's former department of Fine Arts, Radio and Television.

  12. Hans Adler said,

    February 2, 2015 @ 1:14 pm

    I wonder if he did it on purpose, based on the advice of some propaganda advisor. It's hard to tell from here in Europe, but maybe each time he gets into the news and it's not *primarily* about bridges and traffic jams it's good news for him.

  13. Mike said,

    February 2, 2015 @ 8:19 pm

    The Canadian military used to have a technical division called Camera Unit, Non-Technical.

  14. Chas Belov said,

    February 3, 2015 @ 12:02 am

    @Victor: ROFLMFAO has actually been around for a while, although it doesn't show up in Google N-Grams.

    ROFL seems to start around 1982, LMAO around 1995, so I'd bet ROFLMAO goes back to 1995 as well.

    But what's ROFL doing in 1865?

  15. Roger Lustig said,

    February 3, 2015 @ 12:27 am

    The photo's just as good! "Stand with us," he says, supporting himself on the lectern.

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