Here is the fairytale story circulating on the net.
Black's Law Dictionary Revealed as Hoax!
Submitted by SadInAmerica on 2008, April 24 - 7:35am.
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
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
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. 1
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
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.
There is only what can be called disinfo about this issue on this site. So when you hear the chatter and they try to baffle you with bologna.
be assured the blacks dictionary will remain a respected refererence book.
This same story was on a yahoo group in 2003 that had a thread discussing the same big announcement, FYI the word correal that Sarah Medhurst
supposedly uses to prove the law dictionary a hoax is actually a legal term from Roman law meaning
"In both roman and modern law, there may be more than one creditor or
debtor in the same transaction. The obligation of co-creditors or co-
debtors is known as correality.
Joint or correal obligations are found in many modern systems of law,
such as the anglo-American, French, Spanish."
quoted from a book called "Roman Law in the Modern World." There is also a book called the Systematic and "Historical Exposition of Roman Law in
the Order of a Code" which references correality.
here's a link to it
use the search to find correality
The hoax is a 2003 hoax . . .originally found at a satirical website. See discussion tab at Wikipedia for blacks dictionary.
I'll tell you what though. They want you to think thats the truth cause the jig is just about up.