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Tuesday, 30 September 2008
The Law May Not, But We Do, Care For Trifles
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The phrase "de minimis non curat lex"  appears in a libidinous limerick of the kind famously collected by Gershon Legman  ("There was a young maid from Pawtucket"):
 
There was a young law student named Rex,
· Who had very small organs of sex.
· When charged with exposure,
· He said with composure:
· De minimis non curat lex

And there are others that exploit both the same lex-sex rhyme and the implied rhythm imposed on the Latin tag.

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Posted on 09/30/2008 8:57 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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30 Sep 2008
Send an emailreactionry

 Just you wait, 'enry 'iggs Bosun*, just you wait; the bulls will make money and the bears will make money, but the Pygmalions will get slaughtered when EESA sells our birthright for a mess of arbitrage.

 *Like Bosons, Bosuns and their mates cannot share a bunk with alluring castaway Fermions according to the Pauly Shore** exclusion principle.  A hat tip is due to Mary's Poste Restante post, and a hat is solemnly removed for a former favourite of the Frühstück which hasn't been spotted picking up its mail since 2006:
 
 
** From the Odessa Files:
 
 
 
 
 




 



30 Sep 2008
Hugh Fitzgerald

I was waiting for that.



30 Sep 2008
Send an emailMary Jackson

With all this talk of custard, I'm surprised nobody has mentioned spotted dick. Or, in Rex's case, lesser spotted dick.



30 Sep 2008
Send an emailreactionry

(I, of course, took the Coward's way out and Googled "Noel Coward Custard")



30 Sep 2008
Hugh Fitzgerald

reactionry refers above to "Custard's Last Stand" -- an act of presumed courage. But hasn't custard always been cowardy? 



30 Sep 2008
Send an emailreactionry
Emily Litella & Custard's Last Stand
Or: Ox Talionis
Or: Bloc-Notes Re En Block Meant* 
Or: Dos Emilys**
 
"What's all this about 'exploding custard'? We have the expression, "Not cutting the custard," and the Geneva Convention forbids cutting custard gas during peace talks, and I just love a man in uniform, except when he's custard out.  And another thing: What about all those laws in France? They must be very much concerned with truffles, although much depends upon whose boar is being gored.  -What?....Never mind....."  -E.L.
 
Although I was raised within the Lutheran Church and later on, on the National Lampoon, it's probably just as well that I've been unable to find via Google's "Images" the latter's cartoon of Martin Luther nailing to a church door the "95 Feces."  If memory disserves to lower the tone of this thread, the drawing was part a sort of "The Reformation and All That" piece which asserted, along the lines of the previously noted, politically correct "Jesus was a young Palestinian" (less correct, considering that "Palestine" aka "Philistia"  was a calculated Roman insult, than, say, "Goliath was a young Palestinian"), that the "Lutheran church was founded by Lex Luthor."
 
* Yes, Artemis(see Don Quixote post); Dr. Oliver Windy Homes knew that he was drawing upon what was probably a mere tundra legend when he employed poetic license in penning "And fifty words for snow."
 
** Emily also registered her objections to the fraying of the moral riggings of society, as well as her problems with the lower registers of human speech, when she asked, "What's all this about 'There is no frigging like a book to take us lands away'?"
 


30 Sep 2008
Send an emailMary Jackson

In other words, it wouldn't stand up in court.



30 Sep 2008
PolicyWatcher

And there was me thinking that this was going to be something to do with exploding custard...