May 25, 2015

Jargon: May 25, 2015

My favourite turn of phrase, in the legal profession, is to turn one’s mind to (something).  Usually, I’m a big fan of dispensing with 5 words when one would do.  I love to make things simple and keep them as straightforward as possible.  I’m always on guard for idioms.  I’ve spent too much time explaining idioms to people who speak English as a second language to have much use for sayings and the like.   But I love “turning my mind” to something.

Usually, it’s said in the negative.  For example “have you considered just telling your client to find a new lawyer?”  “Why, no, I had not turned my mind to that possibility.”

I always imagine something like a giant machine that is nearly stationary, but that must move on occasion, and those occasions are monumental.  I imagine screeching gears and frantic activity as the formerly immobile-seeming machine slowly, painfully, grinds itself into a new position.  Of course, once it comes to a stop there would be pops, whistles, and a final long wheeze before it finally crackles and fizzes into position.

It’s far more serious that just saying “I had not considered that” or “dunno, I’ll get back to you later.”

I shouldn’t even be telling you this, but I actually got to use the phrase in court today, when I told the judge that I HAD, indeed, turned my mind to a particular bit of evidence (and then why I had not gone there).  She nodded, sagely (as judges do).  I’m quite sure if I’d just said “yeah, I thought of that, but no” it would not have gone down nearly so well.

And all of that is to tell you that I HAD turned my mind to a fantastic idea for today’s post, but it’s really late and I’m exhausted, so you’ll have to wait for tomorrow.  I will tell you that it definitely involves massive changes, difficult processes, and minds.

And it’s not about law.

Day 206 scorecard: 1030 down, 795 to go

ps: here is something the kids 5Downed today:

Max positively adored this when he was about 3.  I am quite sure G.G. let him have it because he loved it so much.  Now it will belong to Clara, whom I am sure will love it just as much...

Max positively adored this when he was about 3. I am quite sure G.G. let him have it because he loved it so much. Now it will belong to Clara, whom I am sure will love it just as much…

Leave a Reply