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Malapropisms And Misnomers

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

I got the idea for this column by reading the deposition transcript of an expert witness. In the transcript was a most interesting rendition of a legal term. It was entertaining. Here are a few of my favorite things, to quote Rodgers, Hart and my childhood idol, Julie Andrews, from the malapropism and misnomer catalogue. This first shining example came from an attorney. He may have misspoken; I would more readily blame the lawyer than the court reporter, who was undoubtedly faithfully taking everything down verbatim and, more to the point, accurately. In any event, this is what it was: "Approximate cause."

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