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Entry from May 19, 2008
Southwaste (for “southwest")

"Southworst” is a derogatory term for “southwest.” Southwest Airlines (based in Dallas) was nicknamed “Southworst” by at least 1991. The former Southwest Conference (SWC) was nicknamed “Southworst” by at least 1986.

“Southwaste” has been used as well as “Southworst” for “Southwest.” “Southwaste Airlines” was posted on the newsgroup on March 30, 1996.

Wikipedia: Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines Co., typically referred to as Southwest, is one of the major airlines of the United States and the world’s largest low-cost carrier airline. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has scheduled service to 121 destinations in the United States and ten additional countries. As of 2018, Southwest carried more domestic passengers than any other United States airline. forum: Funny Airline Nicknames

Wikipedia: Southwest Conference
The Southwest Conference (SWC) was a college athletic conference in the United States that became defunct in May of 1996. It consisted of schools in the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Established in 1914, its charter members were the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Baylor University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma A&M University (currently Oklahoma State), Southwestern University (in Georgetown, Texas), and Rice University.

20 November 1986, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Return to National Prominence Tops SWC Agenda” by Mitch Lawrence:
Last year, detractors labeled it the Southworst Conference.

12 October 1987, Philadelphia (PA Inquirer, pg. C1:
With SMU on probation and the Southwest Conference now known as the Southworst, ...

20 March 1988, Paris (TX) News, pg. 2B, col. 3:
Southworst Conference
The Southwest Conference and Texas can be proud they sent six teams to the 64-team NCAA field, but they certainly can’t be proud of what they accomplished once they were there.

Google Groups:
From: (Danny Bielik)
Date: 22 Feb 91 02:30:59 GMT
Local: Thurs, Feb 21 1991 10:30 pm
Subject: SouthWest Airlines

Thank you to everyone who replied to my messages regarding my luggage problems with Southwest.  Sorry I couldn’t reply personally to every one, I have just been exceptionally busy.

I was overwhelmed with messages from people who were shocked at my treatment, as they have always found Southwest to be good to people who termed them “SouthWorst”...need I say more.

Google Groups:
From: (Kim Hackett)
Date: 1996/03/30
Subject: Re: Airline acronyms (word play) ?
Southwest Airlines
•Southwaste Airlines
•Southworst Airlines

Brent Schlenker #IDIODC #eLearning
Sitting 30 minutes on hot plane with 2 kids...did I mention I was on Southworst?  Should’ve known better.
9:17 PM · Apr 30, 2007·Twitter SMS

SC[Smiling face with sunglasses]TT
Southwest is sometimes referenced as southworst, to which I answer back southwest == southbest airlines. Just always on schedule for me
8:02 PM · Dec 2, 2008·Twitter SMS

bryan@artdrum·Jan 11, 2010
Replying to @jimmyfallon
@jimmyfallon weren’t they employees of Southwaste airlines?

Justin Siemer
Southwest airlines is slowly making me understand their nickname of southworst.
1:16 AM · Apr 25, 2011·erased734497

DJ Mel ®
Southwaste Airlines. #FU
11:26 AM · Apr 30, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Christi Tucay
Worst southwest airlines experience ever. Never believed the ‘southworst’ nickname until now. Way to lose a formerly loyal fan #southwest.
11:56 AM · May 12, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Joe Dang
They didn’t get the nickname Southworst for nothing.
8:10 PM · Jun 15, 2011·Tweets60

Sean Sotelo
Whatever! Unless you can create tailwind for any given flight, you need to stop making promises!
Quote Tweet
Southwest Airlines
· May 12
Replying to @Johnny_Mar
Apologies for the operational delay, John. I’m happy to see you’ve departed. We’ll do our best to make up time in the air. -Lauren
5:52 AM · May 13, 2021·Twitter for Android

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