[Ads-l] The Oval

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Sun Feb 5 09:12:09 EST 2017

"Don't say 'heir apparent' when we have men in moon suits hermetically sealing the Oval."

"No Exit." The West Wing, created by Aaron Sorkin, teleplay by Carol Flint, season 5, episode 20, John Wells Productions, 28 April 2004.

There are probably earlier appearances of "the oval" in that show, and as you say, it seems like it should be a lot older.

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'The President's Oval Office.'

"Common sense" says this should date back to the John Adams administration, but I've only begun hearing it in the last few months.

In fact, CNN commentators now seem to prefer it to the long, boring, stodgy old "Oval Office."


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