From: Dr. Blake Nelson (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Sep 29 2003 - 10:19:49 EDT
What a novel, literal approach to the phrase.
If a plane crashes, *something* went wrong. The crash
(the thing) speaks for itself that something went
What exactly went wrong is a different matter and
beside the point for the use of the phrase, because it
is generally used in liability contexts where someone
bears the risk of the failure, unless they can show
that *something else* was responsible.
A little context is usually a good thing to avoid
--- Glenn Morton <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: email@example.com
> >Behalf Of Jay Willingham
> >The law has a saying, "res ipsa loquitor", e.g.
> "the thing speaks for
> res - thing, object, being, matter, affair, event,
> fact, circumstance.
> You know, I have sat outside at night under the
> stars, in a library with
> lots of facts, and you know, I have never heard a
> fact speaking for itself.
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