WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: US President Barack Obama (L), nominates Judge Merrick B. Garland (R), to the US Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, March 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Garland currently serves as the chief judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and if confirmed by the US Senate, would replace Antonin Scalia who died suddenly last month.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Obama nominates Merrick Garland to replace Scalia
02:03 - Source: CNN

Story highlights

The school first changed the name to The Antonin Scalia School of Law, or ASSoL

Observers took to Twitter to comment on the acronym's similarity to a curse word

CNN  — 

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.