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Ramblin's III


Pat Gluck

Well, that does it! I just heard another T.V. commercial where the announcer used the word 'Culinary' when talking about the cooking arts and the preparation of things around the kitchen.

He pronounced it: "COOL-in-ary." Now, I'm utterly confused since I've heard it pronounced: "CULL-in-ary," as well as "KYUL-in-ary." Since all three appear to be used in dozens of commercials, I'm of the opinion that any way is acceptable to those in that industry.

Since this great burden has been thrust upon me, that of saying things like they are, I'm going to use only one of the above and stick to it regardless of some idiot who will attempt to correct my usage of the word.

And, as long as I'm being frivolous and proving that I have more time on my hands than any person should have, my observation of the court room dramas I watch just have to be addressed as well.

I enjoy watching the litigants and the judge and the lying witnesses because everything is predictable. The admissions that someone did or didn't have sex with someone else, or that an indiscretion was confessed to, always lead to snickers from everyone in the audience.

But the thing that I really get a chuckle about is the clothing of the participants. They fall into one of four categories: (l), the sloppy's who are dressed for anywhere else BUT the court room; (2), the neaters who have a tie, shirt, and suit all for the benefit of the judge; (3), the show-offs who have slogans on their garments or the gals who expose their cleavage; (4), the poor soul clothing that begs the court to pity them for their poverty.

When I see what I deem inappropriate, I try to guess whether or not the plaintiffs or the defendants will win or lose because of what they wear. I do so because I can't imagine that the judges couldn't be swayed while observing those before them.

What comes out of the mouths of these folks is most predictable also. Where they received their education is evident, and how they've adjusted to such training, is obvious. Their inability to communicate with the judge is a sorry matter because, in most instances, their cases are legitimate but the 'testimony' is confusing due to the faulty presentation on the part of the litigant. Whether or not those folks are just nervous, or they lack adequate preparedness, is anyone's guess. I get a kick out of the programs nonetheless, and the expressions and cross rhetoric is remarkable.

I firmly recommend viewing episodes such as these for the young and inexperienced among us. These dramas are truly part of the world in which we live.

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