When my kids were growing up, we had an inside joke. Whenever I corrected their grammar or slang, I told them to speak the King’s English.
In today’s news, I hear of Trump’s lawyer profanely chewing out a reporter, Samantha Bee apologizing for calling the President’s daughter a profane name, and Roseanne Barr sending a racist tweet.
It recalls to me one of J.W. McElhaney’s columns on trial practice. When opposing counsel insults you in the courtroom, an inner voice rises inside you. He called the inner voice Mongo. It said, “Mongo kill!”
McElhaney would reply back to his inner voice, “Down, Mongo.” Then he would calmly present his argument to the judge, in the King’s English, of course.