Mr. X, esteemed Geezer and original Nomenclaturist General, explains about the Nomenclature committee:
"We Philolexians are an opportunistic bunch, so when we heard that some other student organization had gotten free toys from some company by naming that company their official toy company, we immediately decided that a committee should be formed to name the official "X" of the Philolexian Society every week. I volunteered (thus bringing upon myself the Philolexian nickname "Andy X"), and have served as Nomenclaturist General ever since. (Well, during my year in Japan I didn't realize that I still had the position, but upon my return our illustrious censor reprimanded me: "Mr. Shiner is reminded that he is not Mr. Shiner but Mr. X, and still bears all the attached duties and responsibilities.")"
The Nomenclaturist General position is usurpable, meaning that upon writing and presenting a Nomenclaturist Letter to the society you usurp the title of Nomenclaturist General from the previous letter writer, however, the next person to write and present such a letter steals the position away from you and so forth...
Here is the general format for a Nomenclaturist General Letter:
Last evening, the general membership of the Philolexian Society, Columbia University's student organization dedicated to improving the rhetorical skills and literary awareness of its members, voted to name X the official X of the society. We make this designation in recognition of the outstanding contributions to American literature made by those who have produced and used X.
X has long been a goal of the Philolexian Society. Our emphasis on X demands that X.
(Another paragraph waxing poetic about X)
I have been charged with the duty of informing you of this designation, which we hope you deem an honor. Though the Philolexian Society, established in 1802, is Columbia's oldest student organization, and one of the oldest literary societies in the country, it has never before seen fit to name an official X. The undeniable kindred spirit between your company and our society, manifest in X, drove us to break all precedent in this case. We hope that it will also facilitate friendly contact between us in the future. I thank you for your patience and wish you a pleasant year.
In the future we will also link past Nomenclaturist General letters to this page.