_bell can't be unrung_?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat May 8 03:58:20 UTC 2004

At 6:26 PM -0400 5/7/04, Baker, John wrote:
>         Maybe the poster also heard the NPR interview?  The unrung
>bell is a metaphor that's been around for a while (I can take it to
>1933), and my quick check indicates that it is not experiencing any
>dramatic resurgence in vitality (e.g., only 11 uses this year in
>Westlaw's allnewsplus database).
>John Baker
Many of the relevant hits will involve the active rather than the
passive:  "You can't unring the bell".  It's often used specifically
for the fact that evidence that the judge orders stricken from the
record will nevertheless be retained in memory by jurors.


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