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Property is magic (and telesmatic?)

The Future Interests discussion in Property just got weird…
Professor P: “This is an area of the law where magic words matter.”

Jill: “So the holding of this case1 is that the words “as long as” are more magic than the word “purpose?”

Professor P: “Yes! Exactly!”
Then, a few minutes later the magic theme allowed to Jack to give us a vocab lesson:
Jack: “So those words are less talismanic2 than the other words?”


1 Johnson v. Whiton, 159 Mass. 424 (Mass. 1893)
2 A debate erupted whether the word Jack used was “talismanic” or “telesmatic”, which both have similar definitions… I learned two new words today!

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    gudnuff
    February 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Love the vocab tips! Keep ’em coming. Actually, anything bordering on class notes and learn-y type things is excellent food for thought. Yum.

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