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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Can I Get Through Without Saying "So . . ."?

In about 90 minutes I'm scheduled to do a workshop here at BU on my new book project, The Odd Clauses: Twelve Parts of the Constitution You Might Not Know About But Should.  I think the title tells the story of what the book will be about, although I've only written one chapter, that being one about the Titles of Nobility Clauses, which weirdly became slightly newsworthy yesterday when it was announced that Sen. Kennedy was getting knighted by the Queen of England.  Over at Volokh, Eugene Volokh reported that several people had asked whether this violated the Titles of Nobility Clause of Article I, section 9, and he rightly suggested that it did not, because members of Congress do not hold an "office" as that term is used in the Constitution.  In any event, I hope I get lots of good comments and questions at the workshop, but most of all, I'm going to try as hard as I possibly can to avoid using that "So . . ." formulation that we've talked about before here when beginning an answer to some inquiry from the floor.  I am not optimistic, but I'll let you know later today how it went.

Posted by Jay Wexler on March 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM in Jay Wexler | Permalink


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Another one is to attach "story" to everything.

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Mar 6, 2009 1:22:33 PM

Jay, amazing. You're so right about "So . . . ." What about ending sentences with ", right?" I find that to be another professorism.

Posted by: Liz Glazer | Mar 5, 2009 7:48:50 PM

Um. Er. Uh. Gosh. Well. See here. Look (an Obama favorite). All the old stand-bys!

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Mar 5, 2009 1:43:53 PM

I will pledge $1 to you if you can do it.

Also, the book sounds very interesting.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Mar 5, 2009 1:27:33 PM

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