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Queen of the Grammar Rodeo rides again!

May 5th, 2006 (10:42 am)


Okay...I know I've come up with some random, stupid spellings/phrasing in my life...who hasn't?

But the most depressing lesson I have learned at law school/here/the Journal all year is that, apparently, there is an inverse correlation between the prestigiousness of your legal career and your ability to write coherently. This may be applicable to professionals in general. I find this frustrating beyond belief. I mean, law is all about logical analysis, right? How can you perform or present an analysis if you can't communicate your way out of a wet paper bag? Rewarding people with such a gap in their skill sets with partnerships, judicial appointments, and tenure is like appointing a brilliant physicist head of NASA even though he's been in a persistant vegetative state for a decade...sure, maybe he knows more stuff than the average joe, but he can't tell you any of it!

Now, don't get me wrong...most of the people I work with are pretty good. You can point things out to them and they see their error and sign off on your correction and all is well. But sometimes I run up against the "she's just a secretary, and a student to boot" attitude where people insist on retaining the terrible grammar/syntax they originally wrote in. It's a morale killer. Maybe I'll post some of the worst examples.

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I went into Sephora yesterday looking for light-gold nailpolish. Why does no one make it? WHY? They do have a good selection of other stuff, but who can afford $33 eyeshadow? Guess I'll just have to wait until I'm retardedly rich to become a regular. In the meanwhile, I heart Shoppers.

I need green eyeshadow...hmm....

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In coffee-hunt news, Starbucks Komodo is quite good though a little dark for my tastes. It smells burnt, but it doesn't taste burnt, so that's a plus. Seattle's Best Creme Brulee is good too, but it was over-cooked and I had to use aspartame with it, so it was a little acrid. Worth another try under better circumstances.

Starbucks Guatemala Antigua is le yum.


Posted by: bonnykates (bonnykates)
Posted at: May 5th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)

I actually own 4 or 5 shades of light gold nail polish if you want to borrow :>

Guatamala is good... I'll try to keep an eye out for any seasonals you might be into as well. Just let me know if you need coffee!

Posted by: sarahkeebs (sarahkeebs)
Posted at: May 6th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)

But like, really light? Like champagne? Cause everyone has brassy, bronzy gold and it drives me nutto.

Also: yeah, I wanted to ask, is it convenient to get my coffee from you? I mean, if it's easy for you and a significant savings, then yes please. Also: I need you to babysuit my cat. [/babble]

Posted by: forsoothsayer (forsoothsayer)
Posted at: May 6th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)

can we say mandel?

Posted by: sarahkeebs (sarahkeebs)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)

We can and we do. Actually, I heart Mandel, but I've never had to read anything he wrote. His lectures are pretty all over the place though - I just have a lot of love for profs who are up front about their biases and blind-spots, rather than pretending they're wizards of academic objectivity and cultural sensitivity when they're anything but. *cough*Hutch*cough*

At one point in the year, after he'd mixed up two ladies' similar non-Western names for the umpteenth time, he literally stopped and said: "Look, I'm a fifty-something Jewish white man from Toronto...I'm never going to get your names right, and I apologize" which is simultaneously awful and awesome. A lot of profs would have just avoided calling on them by name, and therefore at all, to avoid looking bad.

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