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F-Bombs and Rap Vernacular: Spicing Up Legalese

By Neetal Parekh on November 09, 2009 5:49 AM

I've noticed that it takes only a day of law school, or maybe just even an hour of orientation, for to-be attorneys to begin delighting in legal humor.  The humor starts light...a pun or two about torts, you know the low-hanging fruit.  And then it just ramps up from there...jokes about the "reasonable person" standard (who is that guy anyway), mockings on the overuse of "widgets" in virtually every Contract question, and afterborn children and unborn widows are just calling for witty comment.

So what happens to that razor-sharp edge once you graduate with your degree.  Sure, you can suppress it for awhile but eventually it's going to find its way out.

And we have two great examples to get your week started.

So that's why they tell you to read the footnotes !


 Footnote in US v. Murphy, U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Cir.

 

 Okay, he may not have gone to law school, but this surely must be legally-inspired :-)

 

Did Schwarzenegger drop 4-letter bomb in veto? (San Francisco Chronicle)


Ah, the art of inserting legal humor in unexpected places.  No doubt it is an art as much as a science. Divorce proceedings, board games, resumes...wherever you go, there it is. 

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