Date: Sat, 12 Oct 1996 07:18:56 -0400
From: Ron Butters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: medical Mondegreens and a legal one
A collegue from the Duke medical school and I did an article on such medical
terms a decade ago in the _North Carolina Medical Journal_--if anybody would
like a copy, lete me know--I still have a couple of offprints around.
By the way, there is a bilingual case of this sort of thing that has been
ossified in the protocols of the North Carolina Courts. As many of us know,
in the English tradition court is opened with the bailiff or somebody
shouting "Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!" (meaning, I guess, roughly 'Listen up!'). The
official printed directions for opening court in Raleigh, requires the
bailiff to shout, "Oh yes! Oh yes! Oh yes!" My theory is that "Oyez!" sounded
like "Oh yeah!"--and somewhere along the way some misguided purist decided
this should be made "more formal."
To my ears, the opening of court sounds like something out of the soundtrack
of a porn film.