The Common Scold

The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!



Santa Frisky Frisko:  The delightful Jobst Elster, of Envision Agency in Atlanta, checks in to turn us on (literally) to SomaFM alternative internet radio. "They have this truly irreverent Xmas in Frisko  holiday music mix playing all month. It is definitely not your Bing Crosby collection. I really enjoy it and thought you might as well. Pass it along!"

So noted, with thanks. (Of course, as an almost life-long San Franciscan, I can't shake the feeling that the late Herb Caen is about to channel thru me at the moment screaming "Don't Call it Fris(c)o!!!!"

December 16, 2004 | Permalink


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