Found. One mojo

I wrote rather un-inspiringly yesterday about the loss of all my Mojos. But look here, I found this lonely mojo languishing down the back of the sofa, nestled beside a fluff encrusted peanut and an awkward shaped piece of lego. Yes, I forgot that I had managed to write one actual blog post elsewhere :

Furthering the best interests of the lay client – a mutual goal

on the Legal Futures website. It isn’t my most hilarious blog post, granted, but it seems to have got some noises of approval from legal twitter, and – perhaps more importantly – there is now a comment on the post which has taught me a new word : persiflage. I mean crikey – that is a fantastic sounding word isn’t it?

Apparently it means “light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter…(based on siffler – to whistle)” (which I confess doesn’t seem to make any sense at all in the context in which the commenter uses it). I’m really very pleased with this. I am wondering whether to edit the description of Pink Tape from

…in which I ricochet from too serious to too flippant and where I may vent, rant or wax lyrical at my own whim, mostly about family law. Constructive co-ranting welcome.

to

…in which I ricochet from too serious to too flippant to persiflaginous nonsense, and where I may vent, rant or wax lyrical at my own whim, mostly about family law. Constructive co-ranting welcome.

…but I’m not sure that means what I think it does in that context either…

I’m sure one of my lovely apostrophe and grammar pedant chums (you know who you are) will be able to tell me how best to apply this fantabulous new word in real life situations. First one to get it into their closing submissions gets a prize (a bag of mojos).

6 thoughts on “Found. One mojo

  1. Modest to a fault

    Persiflaginous nonsense is an oxymoron. But your apostrophes are fine.

  2. Solicitors espousing the view that Counsel are ‘hired guns’ is no doubt as offensive to Barristers as Counsel espousing the view that litigators are just pencil pushing admin support to the ‘real lawyers’ in Court.

    I always find the lack of 1) understanding and 2) respect between the two professions troubling when I spot it. Fortunately, I don’t think either of the above views are mainstream.

    • Agree. Always try to explain to clients that barristers and solicitors isn’t a hierarchy thing, its a skillset / regulatory thing – and that there is a lot of overlap. It’s mostly punters that think counsel are superior, but a few counsel do too!!

  3. Ree-Mogg has a lot to answer for, as these words seem to be cropping up everywhere. The times diary (TMS) is going through the alphabet with a different word on a daily basis.

    Anyway, badinage is really the word for you 🙂

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