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What is FLOTUS? Who is the POTUS?


There some dispute as to when FLOTUS entered the lexicon: 

FLOTUS (an acronym for ‘First Lady of the United States’), is a slang or jargon term for the wife of an American president, on the model of POTUS (President of the United States) andSCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States). The latter terms originated in the late 19th century, when they were used as telegraphic abbreviations, and were later revived as insider terminology before passing into more general use. Although the phrase First Lady of the United States is also attested from the 19th century, FLOTUS seems to be much newer; the first evidence thus far found by the OED‘s researchers is from the early 1980s, referring to Nancy Reagan:
To their Secret Service shadows they may be ‘POTUS’ and ‘FLOTUS’, but to each other out on their 688-acre California ranch he’s still her ‘Ronnie’ and she’s still his ‘Nancy’.1983 Washington Post 20 Sept. c1/1   source

POTUS  is used widely on the online, particularly amongst political bloggers. In a very partisan climate it serves the very useful purpose of emphasising the office rather than its holder e.g POTUS on Eurozone compromise

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