A city resident took umbrage at the e-mail address of one of the City Council candidates – with the Internet, it seems, there is more umbrage in more places – complaining that the Council District 1 hopeful Mike Fagan’s listing is a derogatory acronym well known to texters, IMers and the like.
The letters in Fagan’s “1dilligas” e-mail address, according to Marshall Smith, stand for Does It Look Like I Give A “S-word”. This “little display of indecency” has lost his support, wrote Smith.
Not being an avid texter, Spin Control had to check the Internet to see whether dilligas does mean what Smith says it means.
It does, although the Urban Dictionary notes it can also stand for “Do I Look Like I Give A “S-word”, and that “Sigh” is sometimes substituted for S-word, apparently by those with concerns of decency that outweigh syntax.
But does it mean that to Fagan? That’s where the situation gets a little murky.
When first contacted, Fagan said he wasn’t trying to convey
either meaning. Rather, that address came from the license plate on a car he
sometimes rode in while working with law enforcement officials in
That sounds plausible, until one starts counting letters and
looking at plates.
No, wait, Fagan said when contacted about the discrepancy. There wasn’t a numeral, just the letters. He added the 1 because his e-mail address had to have a numeral.
OK, that brings it down to eight characters, still too many for a plate.
“I’m not absolutely 100 percent positive on the spelling,” Fagan said. It was many years ago. Maybe there was only one “L” on the plate, he said.
Turns out DILIGAS was a license plate in
But even if there was some other variation, why is it spelled this way on the e-mail address?
“Because I spell it the way it was explained to me,” he said.
So it does stand for the acronym, he said, but “I don’t use it in the derogatory sense.”
Fagan is vague about the sense he does use it, but adds “people
will interpret it any way they want”. Mr. Smith is entitled to his
interpretation, but that interpretation is incorrect, insisted the candidate
who apparently gives more than a sigh about political issues, considering his track
record of pushing statewide ballot measures with
He has, by the way, asked the County Elections Office to change his listed e-mail to email@example.com. At least that leaves little room for interpretation.