March 13, 2007
How Not to Maintain Dignity in the Classroom
Every UCC teacher knows that Section 2-313 of the Code deals with express warranties in a sales transaction. As the Official Comments note, these warranties are rightly difficult to disclaim because they go to the basic ******ed terms. Unfortunately, every time I say the word ******ed, there are ******s in the classroom, despite Karl Llewellyn's obvious endorsement of the term.
Yesterday, I learned there is another completely innocuous and politically neutral adjective not to use in describing an argument: **********. With this, there were more than ******s; the entire class broke down into the pedagogical equivalent of ******ing protoplasm.
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I suspect that the response to cockamamie would be very different in New York, where it is an everyday word, than in Louisiana, where it is probably more exotic.
Posted by: eric | Mar 13, 2007 2:16:12 PM