Monday, April 17, 2006
A couple more guests lurking
We're very fortunate to have a couple more guests to join our April ranks of visitors. First is Nelson Tebbe, who teaches professional responsibility, as well as law and religion, at St. Johns's in the NY area. We also have another blogger in the form of Peggy McGuinness, who you may recognize from either Opinio Juris or from U. of Missouri-Columbia, where she teaches in subjects related to international law. Our other guests are still helping to hold the fort down for the next couple weeks.
By the way, today was my last "official" class of the semester for criminal law. One of the pieces of advice I left them with, which I should also follow, was that they should try to avoid allowing too many of the habits of mind -- picking apart others' arguments, contentiousness, etc. -- we inculcate in the classroom from penetrating too deeply into their social relations. I mention this because I see how hard it is to drop parts of the legal lingo sometimes. Just this evening I wrote my mother-in-law, who is not a lawyer, to send me a copy of her son's K for me to review. Seeing this notation, my brother-in-law (the plastic surgeon cum MTV artist) wrote: "I like the fact that you refer to a contract by the letter "K." Tons of street cred. I suggest totally pimping out the word by changing it to "kontrax," and when you write the word, draw the "K" backwards." Sigh... First prawf. Now Kontrax. What other idiot-words will I help generate? Wait, don't answer that.
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Debaters do the same thing when we run critical arguments. We call them "Kritiks" (I'm told that's the German spelling, but we could just be making that up), and abbreviate it with a backwards K.
Posted by: David Schraub | Apr 18, 2006 10:54:43 AM
Um, a backwards K means, and will always mean, a strikout in baseball.
I did say to my labor law class the other day, "A DFR is the one ULP that you don't have to take to the NLRB." It was like the beginning of an exceedingly nerdy rap, so I added, "you don't *have* to talk like this if you don't want."
Posted by: JosephSlater | Apr 19, 2006 7:10:13 PM
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