Thursday, January 31, 2008

Legalese: Keeping us in check since the olden times!

Ok so my favorite thing about the language of the law is that it was mostly written in the olden days. Like the 1676 days of yore.

When being accused of being common was criminal!

Like being charged with being a Common and Notorious Thief.

Not only is it a bad thing to be, but it sounds like a bad thing to be.

Or a Common Nightwalker. Which sounds like someone taking a casual evening stroll around Castle Island, but which really means prostitute, or those windshield washers at the Roxbury Tollbooth.

And what I don't get is why we kept the language but got rid of the stocks.

I think that if they put the stocks back on Boston Common, it would do a lot toward reducing crime.

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