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October 20, 2008

Prez Mac or Prez Bam?

In the time-honored tradition of calling the President 'Prez' and the Mayor 'Hizzoner,' New York's two tabloids, the Post and the Daily News, have apparently settled on abbreviated nicknames for John McCain and Barack Obama. Their choices, 'Mac' for McCain and 'Bam' for Obama, sound vaguely cartoonish, though we suppose they're better than, say, 'Cain' and 'Rack.'

BAM in the NY Daily News
As Language Log points out, the Daily News and Post are ensconced in deep-blue territory, and thus unlikely to have any impact on the election's outcome. Nonetheless, we thought it would be worthwhile to collect some headlines from the two famously sensationalist tabloids:

It's Bam TV: Barack Obama buys a half hour of prime time on CBS, NBC

WHAM! BAM UP BY 11

Mac's gotta act now He needs quick strike before Bam builds insurmountable lead

Hillary rocks Bam

MAC AND BAM TAKE 'CLIP' RIPS

BAM'S LAND OF LOSERS

Feminist catfight over Hil-Bam divide

BAM GETS JOB DONE

Unsurprisingly, it's the Post that favors all-caps, the textual equivalent of shouting. (Though the Daily News also went that route on its front page after Obama's recent endorsement by our favorite Obamacon: POW! BAM!—get it?) Also, it's worth noting that there are more 'Bam' headlines than 'Mac' headlines—perhaps indicative of election coverage that has been Obamacentric, though not Obamaphilic.







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