March 13, 2012
(Note: I'm not writing this in my official capacity as anything except a blogger who gets aggravated and abuses his soapboax)
And here's where I make some people mad...
Major League Baseball. The National Football League. Major League Soccer. English Premier League. The National Hockey League. The National League of Nurses. Commercial Law League Of America. The League of American Bicyclists. The League of Cities. Child Welfare League of America. League of American Orchestras.
What do all of these organizations have in common? They're all active organizations that are relevant to the 21st century and even though they've all got the word League in their name, none of them take crap from anyone about it.
But every once in a while, I'll talk to a system administrator about the League of Professional System Administrators, and they'll snicker. <voice="fake incredulous">League? Do you guys wear spandex, too?</voice>
Why? Because of this:
And why does that come to mind? Because the person that I'm talking to is a comic book geek. Or at least is more well versed in comic book alliances than in real-life organizations. I'm not actually sure which, but it really doesn't matter.
What actually does matter is that some people are so hung up on a name that they refuse to join the organization. This is stupid.
Granted, there are some organizations that I wouldn't join because of the name. Lots of them start with "Nazi party of..."; the point is that while there are good reasons for not joining a group because of the name, none of those reasons apply to LOPSA.
I could write a long paragraph about how League and has been on the rise in the 21st century, but I won't. There's no reason to. League is fine. The dictionary definitions are all in agreement and NONE of them mention its use being deprecated.
Of course, some people claim that it's not that the word League is so bad, it's just that they don't like the name. Most of the time I hear this, it's after I shoot down their above-mentioned theories on SysAdmins in Spandex (which is another group I wouldn't join, but not because of the name). You know what, if you just don't like the name, there aren't any arguments from me that can change your mind...
...but to those people, let me impress upon you a thought. LOPSA is an organization of professionals. It has dedicated itself to improving the profession of which you are a practitioner. Whether or not you join them, they're going to continue to work on your behalf. If you agree with the goals of the organizations, but would let your personal preferences about the name of the group stop you from joining, then I can only leave you with the immortal words of my little sister: