THE MEAN­INGS OF ‘AOC’

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A re­minder: “AOC” is the pre­ferred des­ig­na­tion for now-Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez, New York Demo­crat and the sub­ject of choice among many news or­ga­ni­za­tions. De­lighted jour­nal­ists have banded about the term “AOC” in their cov­er­age since last sum­mer, and no won­der. @AOC is Ms. Oca­sio-Cortez’s Twit­ter han­dle, and the hash­tag #AOC has dom­i­nated na­tional Twit­ter trends on many oc­ca­sions, most re­cently as #AOCDanc­ing, after a vin­tage video sur­faced of the law­maker — then a Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity student — danc­ing with aban­don on a rooftop.

So is AOC a dream po­lit­i­cal brand? It’s com­pli­cated. An­other force is at work, in a very big mar­ket­place. AOC is a very, very pop­u­lar acro­nym. Al­lAcronyms. com, an on­line site which tracks such things, lists 499 ver­i­fied uses of the AOC acro­nym in mul­ti­ple fields by or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­ter­est groups, govern­ment and mil­i­tary sources, plus academia.

Yes, Ms. Oca­sio-Cortez is in­cluded on the ros­ter, listed as a “re­cent” en­try. There are so many AOCs out there, in fact, that even the Ox­ford Dic­tionary in­cludes an AOC en­try, in this case as an ab­bre­vi­a­tion for “Ap­pel­la­tion d’orig­ine con­trolee,” a la­bel used in the wine in­dus­try to guar­an­tee vine­yards are clear about where their prod­ucts are pro­duced.

But there is so much more. AOC also stands for Ar­chi­tect of the Capi­tol, con­ve­niently found at AOC.gov. AOC.com is the web­site of a global com­puter mon­i­tor man­u­fac­turer. AOC also stands for ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice of the courts, air op­er­a­tions cen­ter, age of con­sent, agent of change and an­nals of com­mu­nism — the list goes on. But then, so does pol­i­tics, so we shall see.

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