SALT's bi-annual teaching conference will be held this year at my home institution. We are looking forward to hosting the conference devoted to "Academic Freedom and Teaching Activism in the Post 9/11 World." Although I am not doing the planning for the conference, its occasion has got me thinking about the acronym (SALT) for the organization (the Society of American Law Teachers) and about acronyms more generally. There is an article, I think, all about legal acronyms. I can't remember whether it's humorous or serious (quick -- anyone find that article?), but the more I think about SALT and the possible connotations the word raises with an activist organization of the kind SALT is, my mind wanders to others: TRIPS, NOAA, ACORDS, ORCAA, PACER, PERC, WIPO. These days, we are likely jaded by the speed at which acronyms are adopted into our everyday lexicon. Stepping back to think about their value -- informative, humorous, efficient -- makes me think of some of their other effects and qualities -- obfuscating, braggy, hurried. These days, do the creation of acronyms drive the naming of organizations and groups? Is the value of the acronym (the mark?) that obvious to people? I would love, for example, to learn more about the SALT acronym and its deliberate or coincidental adoption by the Society. In any case, I hope to see people at the conference next week.