European Union’s odd choice of acronym

Surely the folks at the European Union could have come up with something better. We got an interesting invitation the other day from Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida, who heads the delegation of the European Union to the United States.


The ambassador says the do is to “launch EUNIC in Washington.” Ah, this has something to do with certain gentlemen of yore who used to attend to queens and look after harems?

No, it stands for European Union National Institutes for Culture. Phew! Possibly something was lost in translation? Maybe they might want to move some words around?

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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