Wednesday, July 1, 2009

No wonder you're not an attorney....

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I'm an attorney, and have been for the past 10 years. I also enjoy watching law-related shows, like Law and Order and Judge Judy. Yes, Judge Judy -- I love that crabby lady! I wish all judges would tell stupid litigants (and stupid lawyers) when they're being especially stupid. I love how she occasionally even corrects people's grammar, although they often don't recognize that she's doing it. One thing I WISH she would do, though, is correct stupid pronunciations.

Here are two of my least favorite law-related mispronunciations: "affidavid" and "promissary note." No, you idiots. There's no such thing as an "affidavid." If you can believe it, I actually hear attorneys saying this at times!! Look it up. It's an "affidaviT"!! And there's no such thing as a "promissary note." It's a "promissOry note." If you can't pronounce it, you shouldn't sign it. Dufuses.

Oh, and while we're at it, the "District Attorney" does not defend you for free. She prosecutes you! The poor overworked "Public Defender" is the one who defends you.

Gah!

3 comments:

Alissa said...

My father's an attorney and his pronunciation of words is atrocious. He pronounces "idea" as if it ends in "r" but his excuse is that he's from New Jersey.

weezermonkey said...

You crack me up.

Amazon Barbie said...

Girl don't get me started. My grandma and most of my family (including my father, who thankfully spent more of his life here in CA), are from Rhode Island. She pronounces advertisement as add-VERT--iss-ment. or AH-range instead of orange..lol