Tuesday, November 23, 2004

More on "Scalito"

Will Baude writes to point out that if you do a LEXIS search for "Scalito," the very first use of the term is in a 1992 National Law Journal article, and it involves the very same "strange locution" in which the term is ascribed to other -- anonymous -- people. This is what the article says:
Judge Alito is described by lawyers as exceptionally bright, but much more of an ideologue than most of his colleagues. It's a trait that has led some to nickname him "Scalito," after the acerbic Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Led WHO to nickname him "Scalito"? Has anyone ever used the word "Scalito" besides journalists who think it's a clever pun?

UPDATE: See the second comment below, where a journalist says that he was the first to coin the term. See also this post.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend in law school (who was going to clerk for him) first mentioned to me that "people referred to the judge as 'Scalito,'" but that doesn't really answer your question as much to say that it had trickled into law student/law school usage as of 2000.

midwestern mugwump

9:48 PM  
Blogger Shannon P. Duffy said...

I'm the one who nick-named Alito "Scalito." The National Law Journal article you refer to was written by Joseph Slobodzian. At the time, he and I were both reporters covering the federal courthouse in Philadelphia - he for the Philadelphia Inquirer and I for the Legal Intelligencer. He did some freelancing for NLJ and we had several discussions at the time he wrote that article. I knew as soon as it was published that my nickname would stick, but I never would have guessed just how popular it would become.

10:34 AM  

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