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Happy Birthday, benbear!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

steerer
A steerer is the go-between of the shyster and the prisoner. By wile and guile he brings clients to the lawyer and in return gets a liberal reward, usually half of what the shyster gets from the victim. Steerers, in courts where discipline is not maintained, move about the benches, among relatives and prisoners, learning details of a case, offering to get counsel who are "in" with the magistrate, persuading (or intimidating, if possible) and, if successful, turning over the victim to the shyster with whom they are in league. Most of their work is done on the outside, however; few are brazen enough to ply their trade actually within the courtroom, but hang about the corridors and halls.
--Richard Thornton's An American Glossary, 1912


Feast Day of St. Leonard,
a patron of prisoners.

-The Gneech

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leonard_lion
Nov. 6th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
Feast day of St. ME, baby!

-L.
tiffany_tiger
Nov. 6th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
Silly boy!
laurie_robey
Nov. 6th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
In what church are you a saint?
drezzer_wolf
Nov. 6th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
The First Church of the Almighty Ego, obviously!

Cheers,
Drez
leonard_lion
Nov. 6th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
What is this, Whack On Leonard Day?

-L.
exatron
Nov. 6th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Nah, that's the second Monday in November.
mammallamadevil
Nov. 6th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
squeeeee!!!!!!!!
happy birthday to not only one of the cutest bears on the planet, but an intelligent and charming gentleman that adds another dimension to any convention...

and he has great paws....

MLD
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