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Thursday, May 26, 2005

More souvenirs

From Michael Gilleland at Laudator Temporis Acti, some definitions:
  • Barratry (The practice of exciting and encouraging lawsuits and quarrels.)

  • Champerty (The prosecution or defense of a suit, whether by furnishing money or personal services, by one who has no legitimate concern therein, in consideration of an agreement that he shall receive, in the event of success, a share of the matter in suit; maintenance with the addition of an agreement to divide the thing in suit.)

  • Maintenance (An officious or unlawful intermeddling in a cause depending between others, by assisting either party with money or means to carry it on.

And from The Little Professor, Advice to students on the fine art of requesting a higher grade including:
  • Please wait at least 48 hours before firing off an outraged missive. If nothing else, this will give you adequate time to cool down, thereby saving yourself from inadvertently self-inflicted doom.
  • Bear in mind that a "B" is not a bad grade. Excessive hysterics over the receipt of same will not materially advance your case.

  • If your instructor told you that you needed to do X in order to improve your work, and yet you didn't do X, then perhaps you might wish to reconsider having this discussion.

  • As a general rule, most of us are not especially sympathetic to the claim that the price of your tuition somehow entitles you to an "A"--especially since that line of argument implicitly concedes that you yourself haven't done anything to merit said grade.

  • Please also refrain from mentioning that your mother is a lawyer or that your father sits on the board of trustees.

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