Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Honk That Horn!

Think understanding slang isn't important? Check out this article from today's Boston Globe. Seems a prosecutor in Billings, Montana told a judge that his client, one Philip C. Holliday, claimed that a unicorn -- that's right, a unicorn -- was driving when his truck crashed into a light pole earlier this month. Today, however, the chief prosecutor said it was all a misunderstanding. Actually, he explained, an unnamed woman was driving the truck -- not a unicorn. According to the Globe:

The mixup occurred when a deputy prosecutor misunderstood an e-mail from a colleague who used the phrase "unicorn defense," thinking it was an actual statement from Holliday, Paxinos said. "Unicorn defense" is a slang term used by prosecutors when a defendant blames some mythical person for a crime, he said.

"It's kind of a code (between prosecutors) and the code was misinterpreted," Paxinos said.

The chief prosecutor, the story goes on to say, apologized "to the public, the court and to Mr. Holliday" for the confusion and said he has chastised the prosecutors involved.


Blogger groovyoldlady said...

Now THAT's funny! Thanks for sharing the story.

4:24 PM  
Blogger sunbelt said...

I wonder if they would've given him a little break if he was in sync with the holiday, and claimed that a Leprechaun was driving.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know that "Unicorn Horn" was an actual object of medieval commerce ? Note that some of the old tapestries show the horn with a spiral twist. In our later perspective we know the four to six foot ivory with a spiral twist is from the narwhal. I wonder if it is protected by international law ?
--fata minerval

8:29 PM  

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