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[ ahr-bee-jee ]

What does RBG stand for?

RBG are the initials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a US Supreme Court justice from 1993 until her death in 2020. The initialism RBG was and is popularly used as a short way of referring to her.

Ginsburg was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed to the Supreme Court in August 1993. Ginsburg was the second woman and first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg was considered a liberal justice and was seen as a champion for progressive issues, making her a popular figure among those with similar politics. In addition to the initialism RBG, Ginsburg was in later years sometimes referred to with the nickname “the Notorious RBG,” a humorous reference to the rapper known as the Notorious B.I.G.

The abbreviation of Ginsburg’s name follows the popular practice of abbreviating the name of other notable political figures. The tradition continued with the justice who was confirmed to fill her vacant seat, Amy Coney Barrett (ACB), and later with Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson (KBJ).

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AOC, Dubya, KBJ, MTG

Examples of RBG

In another 5-4 decision with liberal bloc prevailing, RBG writes that Arizona may use a commission to draw lines for congressional districts
@NPR, June 29, 2015
Ginsburg's fans see the "Notorious RBG" as one of the final defenses against Trump's agenda, and often worry about Ginsburg's well-being.
Marie Solis, Newsweek, January 5, 2018

Who uses RBG?

Although political and public figures are often polarizing, the initialism RBG itself—like the abbreviations for many other figures’ names—was and is generally used in a neutral way, regardless of whether it’s being used by supporters, opponents, or in media reports.

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