Black's Law Dictionary Revealed as Hoax

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Montreal, PQ (Reuters) - Sarah Medhurst (nee Black) shocked journalists and legal scholars at a press conference held at the Black family estate Monday when she revealed that Black's Law Dictionary, a highly regarded legal reference text, was originally written as a joke by her eccentric great grandfather Henry Campbell Black.

Medhurst appeared unapologetic, suggesting that the Black family had never tried very hard to keep it a secret. "Have any of you actually taken the time to read it?” she asked, flipping open the renowned text.& nbsp; “Look at page 840 for instance. 'John-a-Nokes'? Or how about page 347? 'Correality – the quality or state of being correal." She then cast a challenging look around the room.

Medhurst admitted that the entire Black family has participated in the century-long ruse, working together to generate content for the ever-expanding text. She credits her Uncle Bertrand with developing one of their most successful filler techniques: "We created more than 30 new entries just by using the word 'actual'. Actual agency - see agency. Actual allegiance - see allegiance. Actual authority - see authority. And on and on - you get the idea."

Medhurst admits that the family started to get lazy in later editions, at times resorting to stealing terms from other dictionaries. "I remember one time my brother pulled 'Le Roi' (literally: "the king") right out of his French-English dictionary to meet the deadline for the 5th edition while on a three-week ski trip in the French Alps." She claims the ploy has been used sparingly, however, and that the family put a stop to the practice when her brother started bringing the Official Scrabble Dictionary to editorial meetings.

Henry Campbell Black had never intended - or even imagined - that his dictionary would become the authoritative source for legal terminology. "My great granddad had actually written the text for an upcoming firm skit night", Medhurst explains. "It was his way of showing how convoluted and, well, pompous the legal profession had become." The dictionary became an instant hit, however, and Henry Black's comedic intentions went unnoticed. When the money started to roll in, Black elected to pursue a highly lucrative career in legal publishing instead of becoming a marginally talented prop comic.

When asked why the family is revealing the fake after all this time, Medhurst stated that they had grown tired of living a lie, and were genuinely concerned that the universally accepted legal lexicon "is actually just a bunch of made-up gibberish." The family is asking that lawyers and students alike immediately dispose of any editions of Black's Law Dictionary into the nearest trash receptacle or recycle bin.

West Group, the current publisher of Black's, could not be reached for comment.

 

 

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Sunny Meadow's picture

Still the best legal dictionary out there

What difference does it make? Attorneys and judges don't pay any attention to laws or words anyway. Just a book to put on the shelf to impress the clients. It lends an aura of authority and magic to the office. The courtroom scene is all a hoax. The judge is just like the ancient shaman. He even wears a robe like they did. And you have your gold fringe maritime law flag on display, so the only law is what comes out of the shaman's mouth. So Black's law dictionary is as good as any.

If you don't believe that courts don't care about words, try this the next time you get a 'traffic ticket'; ask the court, and the policeman, what makes them think your automobile is a 'motor vehicle'? Ask them, since you received a 'traffic ticket', just what goods were you 'trafficing' in? And since the fine is to be paid in so many 'dollars', ask them what a 'dollar' is. Watch them look at you like you are insane. Tell them that you can't understand the nature and cause of the charges unless they explain their semantics.

 

Anonymous's picture

Agreed - see the

Agreed - see the presentation called 'The Occult World of Commerce' for more.
Anonymous's picture

The hoax call is revealled as

Bronson's picture

Good Morning

What is the definition of 'kill' in Black's Law Dictionary? It would be REALLY helpful if you could just type out the definition- I would really appreciate it, I know it's a pain, but hey, it's an instant 10 points? mesa dui lawyer
Anonymous's picture

Who are you trying to deceive NOW?

I do believe there is a difference between the Blacks Law Dictionary and the Blacks law LEGAL dictionary. FACT: and on video...a judge called the name of a man and waited for him to answer. His answer was as follows: The the flesh and blood of Joe blow is present. The judge refused to hear him and the judged call joe blow forward again and again the man answered louder in this fashion: The Flesh and blood of joe blow is here. Again the judge called out as if the man never answered and this time the man almost yelled it: The flesh and blood is present can you hear that sentence?

The judge then stepped out of the room (there is a reason for this) and returned a minute later. Again the man under the gown called for joe blow and again he answered the exact same way...after the third time of asking and being answered the man under the gown stepped from the room for another minute then returned....

This same thing when on 3 more times....and each time there was a refusal to acknowledge joe blows
ANSWER!!!
The judge then said to everyones suprise...take out a warrent for joe blow as he is no present in court today!!!!
Even the Police officers were astonished as to why the judge would not accept the man as being in the courtroom.

NOTE: The Judge had to establish Joinder ...Now let me explain a little more about this to you. Joinder is the joining of TWO THINGS...The man and the man as a cooperation even though he didnt own any business in fact he didnt even have a job. ??Cooperation??? YES!! if you look on your drivers licence as well as your birth certificates you will find all CAPITAL LETTERS...if you first and last name are capitalized completely you were bonded out since birth...a bought and sold slave. Because the man used the words FLESH and BLOOD...there couldnt be any joinder established...Flesh and Blood cannot be a cooperation however a common name can be..such as JOE BLOW or JANE DOE.
Notice the all capitol letters.
If however only the first letter to both your first and last name are in caps well then you have some very limited and i do mean very limited rights.
Take for example the famous woman and man in canada who never had a birth certificate because the families believed in mid-wifes whom they knew and trusted therefore no need to have a doctor come out to deliver them. Because they have NO birth certificates they ARE NOT subject to any RULE, STATUTE OR REGULATION...only the law..which by the way there are very few laws on the books...most are RULES, STATUES OR REGULATIONS....and guess where these are from??? Yes you guessed it...ENGLAND.
Judges dont Swear to America..no they swear to the uphold the statues, etc from England. Aint that a hoot...and people wonder where their rights went to...lmao...So dont look for the blacks law dictionary...its the Blacks law LEGAL dictionary which you most likely wont find on the internet as it keeps getting pulled down and wiped off...aint that a [email protected]

troy j sumal's picture

CORRUPT GOVERNMENT

YES WE ARE ALL SICK AND TIRED OF THE CROOKED SYSTTEM, WELL IF ANYONE LIVES IN FORT LAUDERDALE FLORIDA, WE NEED HELP OVER HERE BADLY, I WILL JOIN WITH SOMEONE TO START SOME LAWSUITS AND WIN !!!! AND WE MUST INFORM THE PEOPLE !!!!!

venkat's picture

abbreviation

sir,
I have been using your law dictionary since many days.
I was going through, on the first page on A, I read of AAA abbreviations but i did not find american automobile association as i heard it is the mightiest association founded ever so i thought it would be a favor for those who are looking for this abbreviation. i am not faulting you sir, hope you understand.
Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,
venkat sai.
INDIA.

Katman's picture

Fraud

It seems to me that we MUST define the words so we can control the TRAITORS aka STATE BAR UNION MEMBERS.

Whether Black's Law Dictionary was started as a joke or NOT is unimportant! The key is hold the PRIVATEERS to the law.

"Legalese" is a foreign language i.e. Spanish, French -
it has a dictionary - whether is Black's, Bouviers, et.al.

STATE BAR UNON MEMBERS commit "fraud" on their STATE BAR Profiles when THEY claim THEY DO NOT speak another language!!

WOE TO THE ATTORNEY!!!!

You f****** murderers's picture

Liar just like your father

Why would we trust anything you would have to say or write about our black people? What was it did you hold a gun to her head did you threaten her family you people Caucasians are full of f****** s***! Take your s*** and die I already know your going to hell.

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