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Entries in Marx Brothers (1)

Thursday
Sep172009

i.e., to wit, e.g., in lieu

A letter to a lawyer as dictated by Groucho Marx:

Now then. In re yours of the fifth inst., yours to hand, and beg to rep, brackets, that we have gone over the ground carefully and we seem to believe, i.e., to wit, e.g., in lieu, that, despite all our precautionary measures which have been involved, we seem to believe that it is hardly necessary for us to proceed unless we receive an ipso facto that is not negligible at this moment, quotes, unquotes and quotes.

Hoping this finds you, I beg to remain...as of June 9, cordially yours.

Regards.

Note: This is the first known use of quotes, unquotes.......

Another letter to a lawyer as dictated by Groucho Marx:

Honorable Charles D. Hungerdunger
c/o Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger & McCormick

Gentlemen?

In re yours of the 5th inst, yours to hand and in reply, I wish to state that the judiciary expenditures of this year, i.e., has not exceeded the fiscal year—brackets—this procedure is problematic and with nullifcation will give us a subsidiary indictment and priority. Quotes unquotes and quotes.

Hoping this finds you, I beg to remain as of June 9th, Cordially, Respectfully,

Regards.1

Source(s):

  1. Armstrong, S. V., & Terrell, T. P. (2003). Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer's Guide to Writing and Editing (2nd edition.). Practising Law Institute.