Ginsburg with a “U”
Sometimes the greatest gift you can give someone is to spell her name correctly.
Thus, on the occasion of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s birthday, here is a handy mnemonic device for spelling her last name:
Position, first name, and last name all contain the same vowel.
- Thus, if you write about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, use the letter u.
- By contrast, if you write about poet Allen Ginsberg, use the letter e.
N.B. Justice Scalia also had a birthday this past week. Although his last name seems less frequently misspelled than Justice Ginsburg’s, opera-lovers* should nevertheless take this opportunity to ensure that their autocorrect does not confuse “Scalia” (the Justice) with “La Scala” (the opera house).