Fun With Words

If you haven’t checked it out¬†already, we recommend Bryan Garner’s column, For the Word Lovers, ABA Journal. May 2013, at p. 24. Garner is a neat word wizard so not to our surprise, he regales us with a variety of words that are mostly unknown to most folks, but which, if judiciously used, can embellish your writing if you don’t mind the risk of coming off as a linguistic show-off. Then again, there are worse vices in life that aren’t so entertaining. So do check it out.

However, since in Zsa Zsa Gabor’s words, “nobody is perfect, darling,” we note that Garner, for all his skill and savoir faire missed a good one that is of particular interest to condemnation lawyers. Your opponent’s appraiser is lowballing it to the max? No problem. Just call him a Floccinaucinihilipilificator. See Mayor & City Council of Baltimore v. Kelso Corp., 416 A2d 1339, 1340 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 1980). If you follow our Lowball Watch department in this blog, you know that there is a lot of that going around.

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