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Wazzu

Wazzu is a nickname for Washington State University. The term is a pronunciation of the University's acronym, WSU, as a single word. It is sometimes misspelled as "Wazoo".

In 2002, new University President Lane Rawlins attempted to purge "Wazzu" from usage, a move which carried some weight as the University owns the trademark. Following a firestorm of protest and disgust from students, alumni, and friends of WSU, Rawlins reluctantly gave up the effort, though as of 2004 the word "Wazzu" is noticeably absent from Cougar uniforms and printed WSU publications.