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Song Parodies -> "Formulaic-pleonastic-legalistic-doublets"

Original Song Title:

"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"

Original Performer:

Mary Poppins Cast

Parody Song Title:

"Formulaic-pleonastic-legalistic-doublets"

Parody Written by:

Giorgio Coniglio's Grandson

The Lyrics

In spite of various campaigns to improve the language style used for communication by lawyers, most of us still can't understand what they say. One particularly vexing element is their apparently mandatory use of redundant pairs of words in a form of cliché, sometimes having an archaic sound. For better or worse, there does not appear to be a covenant and agreement between linguists and lawyers as to what to call these expressions. Such pairings of items with similar or overlapping meaning are known as doublets in the legal literature. They consist of pairs of nouns, verbs, adjectives or even adverbs, joined by a conjunction, most commonly 'and'; hence they would usually be referred to as binomials by linguists. Linguists generally have a specific concept in mind with respect to word derivation in using the term doublet. Clear, Correct, Concise and Complete is a motto in the campaign to improve written English. Unfortunately, "legalese" and legal professionals may be inseparable.

Now, "formula" applies
Whereas word-order's always set;
And if the first one shows up
So'll the other, you can bet!
And "pleonasm" indicates
A frank redundancy,
If clients check out Wiki'
"Legal doublets" they shall see.

They're formulaic-pleonastic-legalistic-doublets
Now and henceforth use them to stay free and clear of trouble, it's
Fit and also proper, to pursue them and enjoy, it's
A formulaic-pleonastic-legalistic ploy.

Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay!
Clear and Correct and Complete and Concise

When I was still a minor,
As you've heretofore inferred,
I'd swear, even subscribe
With a sole and exclusive word.
But then I felt an urge to cover
Each and every base
Proclaiming with force and effect,
Thereby I'll rest my case.

They're formulaic pleonasms, they aid and abet, it's
Not so new or novel, yet you get full faith and credit
You can't annul or cancel, now that you've deposed and said it
Formulaic pleonasms - don't revise or edit.

Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay!
Clear and Correct and Complete and Concise

While touring all and sundry ports
To furnish and supply,
Surprising lets and hindrances
Provoked a hue and cry.
He sought to be indemnified
And also held harmless
He had and held a trick that
He'll acknowledge and confess.....

Spout formulaic-pleonastic-legalistic diction!
In a court of law where there's dispute and even friction -
Helps attesting and asserting facts or only fiction
Formulaic-pleonastic-legalistic diction.

Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay!
Clear and Correct and Complete and Concise

When liens and encumbrances
You can't shun and avoid,
Your power and authority
Is rendered null and void
Just cite and quote these phrases
And you'll double what you say,
And over and above
You still can transfer or convey.

Use formulaic pleonasms in your legal documents,
To give and grant, or bequeath and devise such lands and tenements.
With signed and sealed, full-and-complete testimony 'n' evidence
Heirs and assigns keep and maintain their chattels, with due diligence.

Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay!
Clear and Correct and Complete and Concise.

They're legalistic pleonasms - not sure what those terms meant?
That should be a focus of attention and concernment;
Unless and until there's a postponement or adjournment
Formulaic-pleonastic-legalese discernment.

CODICIL

Oh! Formulaic-pleonastic-legalistic thinking
Though such words seem laudable, implies a brain that's shrinking,
With cause good and sufficient, things shall take a different twist,
If judge-and-jury order-and-direct cease-and-desist.

Notwithstanding legal valid rules and regulations
Please deem and consider all due terms and stipulations.
Legal doublets - part and parcel, final formulation
Is your last will and testament, and end and termination.

Formulaic-pleonastic-legalistic thinking!

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Jonathan - August 31, 2015 - Report this comment
yeesh! what's with all the downers around here? I'll admit this did drag on a bit longer than the OS unless of course you were parodying an extended version (I'm not sure as I've only ever heard the movie version) but regardless I commend you for having the guts to parody this OS! 455
Peter Andersson - September 01, 2015 - Report this comment
It's hard to be fun and witty with this type of language, but the write and writ here is all the more imposing and impressive.
GC'sG - November 12, 2015 - Report this comment
Thanks Jon and Peter for your nice remarks. I was ear-worming this song, having just spent all day as defendant to deal with a 5-minute hearing in a "vexatious lawsuit".
GC'sG - November 12, 2015 - Report this comment
Thanks Jon and Peter for your nice remarks. I was ear-worming this song, having just spent all day as defendant to deal with a 5-minute hearing in a "vexatious lawsuit".

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