YAG vs. YOGO vs. Y&G
The title “Youth & Government” can be quite a mouthful when repeatedly saying it. Abbreviating “Youth & Government” is very popular among the delegates. Popular abbreviations include: “YAG”, “YOGO”, Y&G”, and the simple “Youth & Gov.”
A recent poll concluded that 62 percent of participants use the abbreviation “YAG.” The term “Youth & Gov” came in second place for most commonly used with 29 percent. Although “YAG” was most popular, the term “YOGO” was also well liked.
Matt Guido, a legislator from Batavia High School, said, “I like ‘YOGO.’ It sounds better”.
Meanwhile, Sandy Balan, a senator from Waubonsie Valley, said, “If there was an official abbreviation, I would prefer to use ‘Youth & Gov.’”
Most participants use the abbreviation their delegation prefers.
Hayley Madura, a legislator from Stagg, said, “I prefer to use ‘YAG.’ I have never heard of ‘YOGO.’”
Abby Weisensee, a press member from Lake Park, said, “Most people from Lake Park say ‘YOGO,’ so that is what I go by”.
Abbreviating the term “Youth & Government” allows for a quicker and easier reference to the program. Even candidates used abbreviations when they gave their campaign speeches.
Ashley Maras, chief justice from Neuqua Valley, referred to “Youth and Government” as “YAG” in her campaign speech Friday night.
Even with the abbreviations becoming more popular, some delegations have yet to jump on the bandwagon.
Joe Longo, a legislator from Carmel Catholic, said he wasn’t familiar with the terms “YAG” or “YOGO” until recently.
“I hadn’t noticed that people used ‘YAG’ until we came down here and people were using it in speeches and in campaigns. We just called it ‘Youth & Government.’” Longo said. “If I had to choose, I would probably use ‘YAG.’”
(written by Isabella Shaw, Lake Park)