Monthly Archives: January 2009

Murphy’s Mythical Musical Medical Malady

From Medical hoax: ‘Cello scrotum’ was just a test tickle.

“Sir, Though I have not come across ‘guitar nipple’ as reported by Dr. P. Curtis, I did once come across a case of ‘cello scrotum’ caused by irritation from the body of the cello. The patient in question was a professional musician and played in rehearsal, practice, or concert for several hours each day. I am, etc., J.M. Murphy.”

Also reported by CNN.

A note on Tuesday, especially for English majors and lawyers

So maybe Chief Justice Roberts was instinctively editing and “improving” the wording of the constitutional oath.

Ann Althouse links to Oaf of Office

She then adds her own perspective from the legal world:

But let’s remember that Barack Obama was the president of the Harvard Law Review — that is, the editor-in-chief — while John Roberts was the managing editor. For those of you who know law reviews, that means a lot. The managing editor is typically the person with the most intense interest in the details of grammar and usage. It would be cool if we could know that when Barack Obama paused after John Roberts moved the “faithfully” that he was thinking: I can see what you’re up to, you old managing editor, and I know you are wrong.