Thursday, June 17, 2010

Best lawsuit ever

The lawsuit described below occurred in 1822, and settled around the question of whether or not Blackwood's Magazine libeled a Professor Leslie by saying he was ignorant of Hebrew.

I gather it did not go so well for Blackwood's, for here is there reaction after the trial:


  1. After reading Blackwood's unapologetic response, you have to wonder if the professor turned around and sued the magazine again.

  2. He wanted to, but he was so busy setting up his websites and pestering newsgroups. :-)

  3. Huh? What's this about the "Hebrew" vs. "Phoenician" alphabet containing only 22 letters? Each of the two scripts contains the identical 22 graphemes, albeit with different forms.

  4. Square Hebrew has five final forms, making a total of 27.

  5. S. --

    Ah, OK. So he was referring to those five allographs (which are not actually separate graphemes).

  6. The questions are whether he did in fact look like a parrot, and whether it is an insult to say so.

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