The Proper Pronunciation of Certiorari
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Tue Jun 24 17:34:55 UTC 2014
but I have never really trusted that for pronunciation.
I think this word falls into a group of a large number of Latin- and Greek-derived words for which there is no standard pronunciation because they're not said often enough. Clade names are often impossible to figure out.
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On Jun 24, 2014, at 8:58 AM, Baker, John <JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM> wrote:
> "Certiorari" refers to the Supreme Court's writ of certiora=
> ri, a key step in the consideration of the large majority of cases that the=
> court considers. It is central to Supreme Court practice and part of the =
> vocabulary of every American lawyer. But how should the word be pronounced=
> ? It is Law Latin and was never used in classical periods, and there is ge=
> neral agreement that an anglicized pronunciation is appropriate, but the ag=
> reement stops there.
> It turns out that the Supreme Court Justices themselves hav=
> e no agreement on this point. A recent article in The Green Bag, which cal=
> ls itself "an entertaining journal of law," counts a variety of pronunciati=
> ons used by Justices in formal settings, where they presumably had time to =
> think about the pronunciation they wanted to use:
> On its face, this might seem to suggest that common pronunc=
> iations are superfluous, if a word's pronunciation can be as variable as sp=
> ellings were five centuries ago. But there is another approach taken by tw=
> o Justices, who always pronounce it "cert" (i.e., "sert") in informal conte=
> xts and "review" in more formal settings. Apparently they, at least, feel =
> discomfort with a word that does not have a standard pronunciation.
> The article is at http://www.greenbag.org/v17n3/v17n3_artic=
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