Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I've been mulct by the council for parking unlawfully

Thanks to Giles for this one ...
Not quite the sime ring but after witnessing what we have witnessed across the country 3 and 4 seem more appropriate.

Word of the Day for Saturday, August 25, 2007

mulct \MULKT\, noun:

1. A fine or penalty.

2. To punish for an offense or misdemeanor by imposing a fine or demanding a forfeiture.

3. To obtain by fraud or deception.

4. To defraud; to swindle.

Officials repaid such loans by mulcting the public in a variety of legal and extra-legal ways.-- William H. McNeill, A World History

The fact that major corporations don't have to pay their own way, and instead are able to enlist legislators to mulct common citizens -- and businesses with more modest Washington connections -- deforms the entire political system.
-- Doug Bandow, "The Bipartisan Scandal of U.S. Corporate Welfare"

State lawmakers and state courts . . . [have] ditched old common law rules so as to charge deep-pocket defendants with harms that were once considered other people's fault, thus making it thinkable to mulct automakers for the costs of drunk drivers' crashes-- Walter Olson, "Firing Squad", Reason, May 1999

Mulct comes from Latin multa, "a fine." Entry and Pronunciation for mulct

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