Supreme Court rules that the word “orthogonal” is cool.

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Supreme Court rules that the word “orthogonal” is cool.

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1Carnophile
Edited: Jul 10, 2015, 11:33am

MR. FRIEDMAN: I think that issue is entirely orthogonal to the issue here because the Commonwealth is acknowledging ––
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: I’’m sorry. Entirely what?
MR. FRIEDMAN: Orthogonal. Right angle. Unrelated. Irrelevant.
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Oh.
JUSTICE SCALIA: What was that adjective? I liked that.
MR. FRIEDMAN: Orthogonal.
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Orthogonal.
MR. FRIEDMAN: Right, right.
JUSTICE SCALIA: Orthogonal, ooh.
(Laughter.)
JUSTICE KENNEDY: I knew this case presented us a problem.
(Laughter.)
MR. FRIEDMAN: I should have —— I probably should have said ––
JUSTICE SCALIA: I think we should use that in the opinion.
(Laughter.)
MR. FRIEDMAN: I thought —— I thought I had seen it before.
JUSTICE SCALIA: Or the dissent.
(Laughter.)
MR. FRIEDMAN: That is a bit of professorship creeping in, I suppose.

http://volokh.com/2010/01/11/orthogonal-ooh/
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2elenchus
Jul 10, 2015, 12:03pm

Love it, especially Friedman's abashedness at first, then just accepting he'd been a geek (in the best possible way). Obviously the justices are themselves pretty open geeks, too.

3Carnophile
Edited: Jul 11, 2015, 11:10pm

I expect to see the word "orthogonal" in more SC decisions beginning immediately!

I didn't realize there were law geeks, but I suppose there are everything geeks now.