May 19, 2010

stunted

A near-deadline exchange ... better-natured than normal:

4:08 PM
Chase: is it fair to say attorneys stunted a case again, in this Pleasants case....Stunted meaning, slowed down because the case is moving...but it's kind of put off again til briefs are filed

4:09
Tony: stunted to me refers to growth not progress/timing

Chase: um

Tony: (links Chase to Google, "define:stunted"). some refer to "developing"

Chase: "prevented from growing or developing"

Tony: but the case is almost bigger now. slower but bigger

4:10
Chase: ....whatever

Tony: more documents, etc

Chase: you know what I mean

Tony: um

Chase: this is for a lede, not a scientific journal

Tony: i think the term is not accurate. w/o any reference to science.

4:13
Chase: The case of a 2008 fatal wreck stalled again in Augusta County court Wednesday as attorneys filed evidence and received instruction to write their arguments on paper.

Tony: I like that
"on paper" is nice

Chase: ok, thanks. much better than stunted

Tony: huge difference. clearly. maybe "aborted"

Chase: because they were on a space ship

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2 Comments:

Blogger Daniel Silliman said...

Love it. Especially Chase's last line -- perfect.

May 19, 2010 at 6:17 PM 
Blogger Mark P said...

This made me laugh.

May 22, 2010 at 1:19 PM 

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