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Bright and Brief

February 8, 1987

LONDON (AP) _ At least one judge says he can do with a little less respect.

Courtroom jargon such as ″utmost respect,″ ″verily″ and ″humbly″ is archaic, confusing and often plain dishonest, says Christopher Staughton, a judge in the Commercial Court.

Verily ″has been obsolete in ordinary speech almost since the Authorized Version of the Bible,″ Staughton wrote in the current edition of Counsel, a quarterly legal journal.

″Do not ‘crave’ leave to do anything, but just ask it,″ he advised lawyers who appear before the bench.

″The words ‘humbly’ and ‘respectfully’ are as unnecessary in affidavits, and generally as untruthful, as they are in oral argument,″ Staughton said.

A statement prefaced with ″with great respect″ really means ″You are wrong,″ the judge said. And if a lawyer says ″with utmost respect,″ he really is saying, ″Send for the men in the white coats.″


MACON, Ga. (AP) - Officials at Mercer University, already blushing over the ″party school″ accolade bestowed on the Baptist institution by Playboy magazine, are hoping its students won’t take up Playboy’s latest offer.

Playboy announced last month that Mercer, which doesn’t allow drinking on campus, made the No. 9 spot on its list of top party colleges.

Last week, the men’s magazine said it would seek models for its annual back-to-school issue this October from the top 10.

″I think we have a fine population of bright young women, and I would not anticipate what their response would be,″ Emily Myers, vice president for university relations and development, said Saturday. ″We would hope they would choose not to be interested.″

She said school administrators were ″totally surprised and shocked at the listing, as I think most of the students were.″

The selection, based in part on other students’ votes, ″might have been a sort of prank″ by students at other schools in Georgia, she said.

California State University at Chico was No. 1 on the list.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Gamblers don’t have to take a flight to Vegas any more in order to catch a movie on the way to the slot machines.

Driving on a highway one day, Ted Racz looked up from his car at a bored bus passenger, and now he’s putting TVs on buses bound for an Atlantic City casino, to the delight of passengers.

VideoBus is now in a four-month test run on several buses heading daily to the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. Eventually, Racz hopes to spread his service to buses headed for other casinos and other tourist attractions.

″Before this, we’d talk to each other, read or sleep,″ said Audrey Eissler of Elmont, N.Y. Pointing to the screen, she said, ″This makes the trip terrific.″

Jane Espanet of New York City said she deliberately waits for the Tropicana VideoBus. ″It’s a three-hour trip - that’s why I pick this bus,″ she said. ″How much can you speak to one another, anyway?″

The idea of putting a television on board a bus is not new, but often has been limited to luxury vehicles, Racz said.

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