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December 7, 2004

nonymously yours

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 1:46 pm

Two of the most enjoyable weblogs around are the “famous” Anonymous Lawyer and   thesaurus

the new Anonymous Law Professor.  What I can’t understand, though, is why such

creative people can’t use more interesting synonyms for the overused “anonymous.”

Wouldn’t names like Professor Incognito or the Unsub Lawyer be more fun and helpful? 

If necessary, try the Merriam-Webster online thesaurus for starters, if you’re contemplating

starting a weblog with identity undisclosed.




  • Wikipedia’s notes on anonymity are interesting, including: “Disguising one’s identity

    may also be by choice, for legitimate reasons such as privacy and, in some

    occasions, personal safety. Criminals usually prefer to stay anonymous,

    such as when writing a letter with a threat or demand.”


On the other hand, I wish my friends the At-Least-a-Third bar association would

stop thumbing through thesauri trying to figure out euphemisms for what they do.

No matter what the Notable Lawyer Schaeffer might think, “consumer lawyers” was

not apt, and  Mickey Kaus and Walter Olson are correct: public protection lawyers

won’t pass the giggle test.  Why not plain-old “plaintiff’s tort lawyers“? 

 





  • Dec. 10: Common Scold, citing an ABA Journal article on anonymous weblogs by associates,

    asks what her readers think about the subject.  Let her know. (via Legal Blog Watch).  As

    I told da Scold, law students and associates (and all weblogging lawyers) would be better

    off assuming that they will eventually be identified, and they should therefore write only

    what they are willing to have attributed to themselves (including saying only things that

    an identified attorney can say ethically about their clients, partners, etc.).




We’re having an anonymously drizzly December day here in Schenectady, but

Billie Wilson’s haiku is always nonymous and recognized:








winter rain–

the clock chimes three-quarters

past some dark hour

 

 

mountain silhouettes
against a darkening sky
cabin lights beckon

 

 


“winter rain” from New Resonance 3: Emerging Voices; South by Southeast 9:3

 

 


by dagosan:  





can’t put a name

to a very pretty face –


birthday gift

                      [Dec. 7, 2004]  

4 Comments

  1. What’s another word for “thesaurus”?

    snow turns to rain —
    commuters
    become anonymous

    Comment by Paul David Mena — December 7, 2004 @ 3:09 pm

  2. What’s another word for “thesaurus”?

    snow turns to rain —
    commuters
    become anonymous

    Comment by Paul David Mena — December 7, 2004 @ 3:09 pm

  3. Excellent posts on naming anonymous blogs. While I agree with you completely, the popularity of “Anonymous Lawyer” made naming my new blog “Anonymous Law Professor” the sensible option–even though it was not particularly inspiring.

    Comment by Anonymous Law Professor — December 7, 2004 @ 5:45 pm

  4. Excellent posts on naming anonymous blogs. While I agree with you completely, the popularity of “Anonymous Lawyer” made naming my new blog “Anonymous Law Professor” the sensible option–even though it was not particularly inspiring.

    Comment by Anonymous Law Professor — December 7, 2004 @ 5:45 pm

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