OK, someone's gotta post it

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Aug 30 04:39:57 UTC 2008

On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 10:37 PM, Dan Goodman <dsgood at iphouse.com> wrote:
> Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>> On Aug 29, 2008, at 5:30 PM, Larry Horn wrote:
>>> AOTY (acronym of the year) candidate--or is it intialism of the year?
>>> In either case, it is, of course,
>>> or maybe it's VPilf
>>> (which unpacks just as you'd expect, even if you don't know how to
>>> pronounce it).
>>> There's even a corresponding web site:  http://www.vpilf.com/
>>> Remember, you read it here first, unless you didn't.  And given where
>>> we've been the last eight years, I'm pretty sure this one didn't
>>> exist before today.
> The website apparently did:
> David Weiner: VPILF
> Aug 29, 2008 ... So I must tip my hat to VPILF.com, for the site was set
> up two months ago -- long before Palin was a serious contender for the
> VP slot, ...
> www.huffingtonpost.com/david-weiner/vpilf_b_122404.html

The bloggers on Wonkette began referring to Palin as a "GILF" as soon
as she was sworn in as governor in Dec. '06:


They called her VPILF as word about the veep pick leaked out, though
one commenter suggested LVPCILF (Losing Vice Presidential Candidate…):


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