Month: November 2020

Legalese Challenge #1: Like playing ping-pong without a net

To celebrate reaching 100 subscribers, I am holding my first contest. With a prize and everything! Summary Rules: 1) Use the challenge phrase “like playing ping-pong without a net” in an email to opposing counsel (you must be an active lawyer to participate). 2) Describe the usage in a post in the comments section to …

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How to pronounce and use the word “demurrer.” Stop messing this up!

I keep hearing lawyers mispronounce the word “demurrer.” Some even write “demure” instead of “demur” or “demurer” instead of “demurrer.” A “demurrer” is a type of objection. It is pronounced /dəˈmərər/. You can “demur” /dəˈmər/ to a pleading. On the other hand, “demure” is pronounced /dəˈmyo͝or/ and means to be reserved or shy. “Demurer” is …

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