The United States government, like most massive organizations in the world, speaks a language laden in acronyms. Every government agency has one as do all the top officials.
POTUS is President of the United States. FLOTUS signifies the First Lady. DACA is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DoD is the Department of Defense.
Some government acronyms are fixed, based on what they signify, such as POTUS, FLOTUS, and the acronyms for older government agencies like USN, FTC, BIA and FBI. But newer programs and agencies spend some time choosing their title so they can create an acronym they want.
It's no accident that ICE, an agency formed in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks under the newly created Department of Homeland Security, is called ICE. They could just as easily be CIE or ICS or any other combination of letters to represent a law enforcement agency in charge of customs and immigration. But they chose Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Why? Because ICE sounds cooler.
Nowhere is the government acronym dance more prevalent than in naming laws and executive actions. In order to garner support, the public needs to know about your bill or policy and rally behind it.
But the full names of government actions are difficult for the public to remember and don't roll off the tongue. That's where a short, catchy, easily remembered acronym comes in handy.
People will remember it, talk about it and share it on social media even if they don't know what each letter in your acronym stands for. The DREAM Act is a perfect example of good wording used to create a memorable acronym.
And that is why anyone familiar with the government acronym game is dumbfounded by the Trump administration's latest move.
And it got a good one. One few people are likely to forget. Of all the configurations available, the POTUS chose United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act.
The resulting acronyms?
- US FaRT Act
- FaRT Act
Suddenly we're all 10 years old again. Except now we have Twitter.
Needless to say, once word of the new Trump FaRT broke, the internet could not help but take notice.
My head hurts so much...Trump is pushing a bill that's literally called the US FART Act. It's a terrifying over-rea… https://t.co/r6TrRzKH9H— Hank Green **PIH.org/hankandjohn** (@Hank Green **PIH.org/hankandjohn**)1530495033.0
Trump’s Bill To Pull America Out of the WTO is called ... the ‘U.S. FART Act’ https://t.co/ZgJ83ebvMY No, this is n… https://t.co/pMbr4RTP6O— John Voelcker (@John Voelcker)1530560816.0
@realDonaldTrump Donald - FART bill? Really? https://t.co/MqvwXC6B1h— Annette Jones (@Annette Jones)1530561479.0
Did someone get punked? Look at the acronym. United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act US FART Act https://t.co/kA6lJt81Mm— Cheryl Rofer (@Cheryl Rofer)1530485497.0
Truly a shame that members of Congress won’t be in town tomorrow to talk about how much they support Trump’s US FART Act— Haley Byrd (@Haley Byrd)1530497064.0
@byrdinator If the Republicans pass this fart, they'll do it silently but it will be deadly.— David F Arena (@David F Arena)1530497765.0
@byrdinator Damn it ...I knew something was building up inside the GOP. I don't wanna be anywhere close to DC when they release this kraken.— QuietRioter☀️ (@QuietRioter☀️)1530514923.0
@Raelapsed @byrdinator @jbarro Lovely. Do these people ever proofread?— JOHN *341 days until Election Day 2020* WRIGHT (@JOHN *341 days until Election Day 2020* WRIGHT)1530498145.0
@DHSgov @realDonaldTrump @CBP @ICEgov NK ramping up nuclear sites, your trade war(s) are costing US consumers, ille… https://t.co/8JRrOdyA3U— MelanieB 🌊🇺🇸🌊 (@MelanieB 🌊🇺🇸🌊)1530561458.0
@mamasaurusof2 Isnt there anyone on this admins payroll to check these things? Or is it really just a big joke to… https://t.co/uKkhgsfxRR— Bermuda Dune (@Bermuda Dune)1530561430.0
It takes a big asshole to blow out a FART Act, @realDonaldTrump! | Trump’s ‘U.S. FART Act’ Would Pull America Out o… https://t.co/MlxQLkpBq5— Jim Doyle 🌊 (@Jim Doyle 🌊)1530561353.0
This is not a parody. The Trump administration is working on something called the US Fair and Reciprocal Trade Act… https://t.co/mblidStWIO— ((( Erica ))) (@((( Erica ))))1530561033.0
Great name 'FART Act' for such an idiotic bill. Why should we be shocked, it comes from the biggest fart we know Tr… https://t.co/SSCORvp4q5— Chloe LaSalle (@Chloe LaSalle)1530560490.0
@maddow Trump having a brain fart I guess, go figure. Probably blame it on the Democrats.— Thomas W Balp (@Thomas W Balp)1530560484.0
If you ever needed any *more* evidence that the Trump administration NEVER thinks anything through, allow me to po… https://t.co/1sgNN4tSny— JΞSŦΞR ✪ ΔCŦUΔL³³º¹ (@JΞSŦΞR ✪ ΔCŦUΔL³³º¹)1530499257.0
Some folks from across the Atlantic were kind enough to point out that in their slang, to trump means to fart.
And don't forget that TRUMP in British Slang means FART... coincidence? I don't think so! #trumpfart https://t.co/PwGfMYAL5A— AREW Entertainment (@AREW Entertainment)1530560926.0
It is so apt that Trump would actually propose something called the US FART act. You know, in the U.K. “trump” ha… https://t.co/Iw6qAKiDVB— Chris (@Chris)1530529149.0
But University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of government, Don Moynihan, offered his own unique analysis.
"The world is laughing at us" says Trump, before proposing the FART Act (Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act)— Don Moynihan (@Don Moynihan)1530495665.0
People are asking me if this is true - it is true. Trump admin is proposing a FART Act https://t.co/gVH68nUn4r https://t.co/QVB58CCt03— Don Moynihan (@Don Moynihan)1530497552.0
The FART Act finally justifies the existence of this gif https://t.co/eR64DViRy9— Don Moynihan (@Don Moynihan)1530497650.0