Year 3, week 10: Badger’s back end

I was against TheVamp in court today. “Let’s play the word game, again, BabyB. It always brightens up a dull day in court. What word do you challenge me to get into the heaing without the judge noticing? Any animal, insect or bird.”
TheVamp was looking more than a little worse for wear and the phrase rough as a badger’s back end sprung to mind and so I answered with: “How about ‘badger’?”
“Thanks a lot BabyB,” she answered, getting the reference. “I know I’m not looking my best, but really. Okay, for that you can have the word ‘termite’.”
“Agreed and if either of us fail by one o’clock they pay for lunch.”

So it was that we spent the next hour in court trying to think of a way to try and spell out our particular words without the judge realising. It was TheVamp who struck first when she said to the judge: “The other side’s case is riddled with clichés of which I have no objection save to point out that they’re often just not good English just as it might be said that ‘vorsprung durch technik’ is bad German.” She emphasised the last two words and looked over at me triumphantly.

Just as the deadline was approaching and I was beginning to give up hope, I had an idea. I stopped in the middle of the submissions I was making and looked over at the clock. The judge and everyone else in the courtroom followed my gaze. I then turned back to the judge and said (emphasising the surname of the judge and the word which followed): “Your Honour, to use the words of the late Mr Justice Carter, might this be a suitable time for a break?”

December 2, 2008 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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  1. LawLibrarian - December 3, 2008

    We play that game at work sometimes – fitting in given words into our email responses to lawyer’s enquiries……..

  2. WannaB - December 11, 2008

    Loving your work BabyB but the Vamp still has it!

  3. John - December 16, 2008

    We played that once in a fraud trial – a silk got the word ‘aarvark’ and got it in by saying how much ‘ard vark’ the jury had put in.