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16. Occasionally referred to as “heightism”, a word
which mercifully has had little traction in modern discourse.
Lack of height in the legal profession has, for
years, been celebrated in British Columbia’s
S.M.A.L.L. (Society of Midgets and Little Lawyers
(sometimes Societé Midget, Alliance of Little Lawyers,
in a painful attempt to be bilingual. However,
“midget” in French is “nain”).
17. He was executed by firing squad after the war for,
among other crimes, treason.
18. Currently defined in the Oxford Dictionary as:
“Excessive or prejudiced support for one’s own
cause, group, or sex.”
19. A Christmas Carol, Stave I—Marley’s Ghost.
20. Margaret Atwood suggests that Scrooge was an
“anti-Faust” who recovered his soul from the Devil
(see Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth:
Chapter III, Debt as Plot).
21. In reading Shakespeare we often need to have
expressions explained to us that once were current
but since have fallen out of use. Unfortunately many
wonderful Shakespearean insults have fallen away
to be replaced by simple vulgarisms.
22. Or “Cnut”.
23. It is debatable whether the incident actually took
place or was simply a later invention to illustrate his
24. The story was first recorded by Henry of Huntingdon
in the early 12th century in a text known as the Historia