THE MEANINGS OF ‘AOC’
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.