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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!


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Happy Holidays

IvyAs the holidays approach, I wish you joys small and large, noise soft and loud. lights bright and quiet; enough silence; an abundance of kindness and as little anger as possible; music always; and at least one heaping spoonful of peppermint ice cream.

P.S. Here is my favorite holiday card of 2011. I'm just evil. :) 

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December 23, 2011 | Permalink

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