Category: Humor


I Suppose That This Is One Way of Putting That . . .

From a Masters thesis about John Bingham written in the 1950s:

“Though active as a lawyer-politician, Bingham did not neglect his conjugal duties.”  [The paragraph then goes on to describe his children.]

That’s not a turn of phrase that I plan to use.


The Devil’s Dictionary

After two-and-a-half years, I’ve decided that it’s time to retire the “Yes, Minister/Yes, Prime Minister” posts.  I think that there’s nothing left to mine from that series.  Don’t fret though–I’m going to start using quotes from “The Devil’s Dictionary” by Ambrose Bierce. (If you’ve never read this, you should.)  So let’s start with an obvious one:

LAWYER, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law.


Rorschach Test

The British Parliament is full of quirks, and one that I find rather charming involves the names given to particular parliaments that were notable for some reason.  My favorite name is the “Lack-Learning, Unlearned, or Dunces Parliament,” which met in 1404 and (by command of the Crown) stipulated that “no lawyers should be returned as Members.”

Whether you think the name or the stipulation makes more sense tells you a lot about how you think.