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February 7, 2006

nice judge-$ta-position

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 6:38 pm

Did you notice that on the very same day

(1) The New York Law Journal announced that NYC BigLaw

$145,000 for first-year associates (plus expected year-end

bonuses of $20 to $40K) (by Anthony Lin, Feb. 6, 2006, via


                                                                             MoneyBag sm

(2) Judith Kaye, Chief Judge of the New York State Court

System, was begging the Legislature for a pay increase

for state judges — pointing out that there have only been

two raises in 18 years, and that the typical state Supreme

Court judge [the highest trial court] receives $136,700 a

year.” State of the Judiciary Address (Feb. 6, 2006) (NYSBA

agrees with Judge Kaye on the need for raises.)


tiny check I wrote to “Abnu” at WordLab about his less-than-complimentary

reaction to anti-blawg campaigners.  He responded by saying that

my facts are wrong, and that there is indeed a group that has coined

a special word for their category of weblogs.  He cites me to “milblogs,”

which I learned means “military blogs.”  Frankly, I think Abnu has in fact

strengthened my argument. To wit:  

The current and former military service-persons who come  bombFuse

under the “milblog” classification continue to call what they

do “blogs.”  They have added a prefix that alerts the audience
that there may be a special focus or source (although just

what it might be is surely not clear without further inquiry)

for their weblogs, but there is no doubt that they are “blogs.” 

This avoids the confusing nature of the term “blawg,” and does

not have the trivializing look of that term.

juke box Meanwhile, Prof. Bainbridge (our favorite Cafeteria Conservative)

is like all bent out of shape because Mick Jagger and the Stones

have gone corporate — see When did Jagger jump the shark? (Feb. 6,

2005).  Mick’s sin?  He let the Super Bowl tv executives lower the

volume twice to cover up a couple raunchier lyrics.  As I commented

at Steve’s place: “It is not the least bit ‘corporate’ to take your audience

into account when singing lyrics. It shows a maturity (and self-confidence)

that most 20-somethings do not have, but I would hope that those over 40


On the other hand, Prof. B is correct that I should not

have suggested he would have called for censorship, if

those very same lyrics had in fact been audible. Although

I have no doubt that his “political, philosophical, and religious

allies would be complaining mightily today, if Mick had in fact

sang the more sexually-explicit lyrics in an audible manner.”

and Steve often does complain about the low morals of the

entertainment industry, he has been consistently against

government censorship.


More important, Steve is also right that I should not have

used the terms “blowhard” or “blowhole” to describe his 

venting.  My sincere apologies, Prof. B, if you were insulted. 


update (11 PM):  Today, on behalf of the band, spokeswoman Fran

Curtis complained about the NFL’s censorship of their lyrics — with

the lame statement, according to CNN, that “the band may have known

about it, but that doesn’t mean they liked it . . . Jagger sang the full lyrics

during his performance.”  CNN.com, “Stones: NFL censorship ‘ridicu-

lous‘,” Feb. 7, 2006)  Nothing like living according to your principles,


tiny check Finally, let’s welcome the new group weblog Antitrust Review 

to the law-oriented sector of the internet.  It promises news and

commentary on recent developments in antitrust, along with dis-

cussions of classic cases and economic theory.    David Fisher,

Hanno Kaiser, Manfred Gabriel and Dan Crane are the co-conspirators.


smitten lawyer –

can Her Honor

read his mind?





underpaid judges –

Prof. B

suggests a tip jar





“tinyredcheck”  Let’s end with some class — two poems selected

Andrew Riutta:


quiet hillside 

children climb one another

into the trees   








apple wine

his story better

the second time


“apple wine” – Roadrunner Haiku Journal V: 4 (Nov. 2005)  

“quiet hillside” – The Heron’s Nest (Sept. 2005)  





bummr: where did all those e’s go?

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 1:35 pm

We’ve been so busy fighting the “blawg” scourge that threatens

our profession and language, that we almost missed the brave

cultural/linguisitc battle launched by Microsoft’s Robert Scoble

on February 5, 2006:

deleteKey n “I’ve seen several geek projects lately use the

‘r’ naming that Flickr made popular and I don’t like it.”

Valleywag joined the fray in defense of the English Language,

explaining Scoble’s cause and then offering a kinder, and

perhaps more effective response:

Robrt Scoble says he’s sick of Flickr-style *r names

like Grabbr and retrievr and gtalkr (and talkr and flagr

and Bloggr and gabbr and Frappr). But should the

Microsoft bloggr be kindr in his dismissal?”


Valleywag readrs are urged to donate “e”s to needy

trendoids. By cutting “e”s and passing on the credits

to these Web 2.0 victims, you too can be a hro.”




That’s right, Scoble wants the “e” put back in the “agent”

-er suffix. Valleywag is right that we should try to help the

culturally impoverished, who are so indifferent or ignorant of

their language legacy.   To help those who are particularly im-

pervious to subtle gestures, we suggest that you dig out any

old, unused Scrabble games and remove the 12  “e” tiles.

Then, send one each to the dozen trendoids you know who

most need a reminder of how our language operates (perhaps

with instructions).


We want to go further, however, and try to understand this

hypo-e disorder — especially after having such informative

discussions recently with two linguists at Language Log.

You can help by commenting on some of the possible

theories and suggesting your own:


blackboard abcN

tiny check Virtually Out of E’s:  Did our troubled trendoids

simply run out of e’s over the last decade, after

sticking one in front of every pre-existing concept

that found its way into computers or onto the internet?


tiny check Spawn of Blog: Having so casually maimed the

word “weblog” by chopping off its “we-,” did they

grow up without any sense of conscience over

abandonment of e’s and other forms of language

abuse and neglect?

eKeyS Note, though:  Creating that ugly,

little word to denominate weblogs

should have created a surplus by now of

trillions of extra e’s. (The w’s, however,

were surely used up in all those URLs,

because compu-nerds took the only letter that

is not mono-syllabic and used it three times

— forcing speakers to say 9 syllables when-

ever giving out a website address.  Sorry,

wrong vent.)

tiny check IM-Blackberry Dis-e’s:  Have constant use of

instant messaging and tiny handheld devices burned

out the crucial “e” synapses in trendoid brains,

while also rapidly aging their thumbs?


tiny check  Vanity Plate Syndrome:  Have the trendoids done

most of their real-word reading in traffic, at red lights 

— thus mistaking license plate lingo for literature?

One thing for sure: haiku writers did not cause the shrinkage

of the agent-e-suffix.  We don’t care about letter count, and

Flickr, Grabbr and the rest still have two syllables each.


We need your input and your e’s.  You’ve (almost) never let

us down before.  Don’t start now.  No Quittrs allowed.

tiny check  Special thanks to TechLaw Advisr Kevin Hellr

for the great pointr.  (makes my skincrawl just

looking at those pathetic e-less non-words.)



update (Feb. 6, 6 PM): I don’t know whether UPenn linguist   

Benjamin Zimmer talks fast, but he surely does read and type

quickly.  He’s already posted at Language Log in reaction to

this post, reminding us of prior campaigns seeking the

donation of letters.


update (Feb. 7, 2005): A Comment from Pat M. pointed me

to Georges Perec‘s 2005 novel A Void (translated from the

French by Gilbert Adair):  The book was written (and trans-

lated) without using the letter “e.”  This tour de force deserves

its own post, and it got one today — sought: haiku-sans-e, in

which haiku poets are asked to submit a haiku that is e-less.


NoER A Void, by Georges Perec



here are examples of some real English and real haiku

from teacher Tom Painting and accountant paul m:


midday blues

a row of icicles

taking shape





nursing home

my father

the way I left him




“midday blues” – mariposa 13

“nursing home” – Haiku Poets of No. Calif,

         senryu contest, hon mention 2004


daffodil shoots–

all these years

as an accountant






orderly fields

of an Amish farm

the things I can’t tell her





drifting seed fluff . . .

the rented horse

knows an hour’s worth



“orderly fields” – Acorn 14

daffodil shoots” – The Heron’s Nest (Sept. 2005)

drifting seed fluff” – The Heron’s Nest (June 2005)




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