Has anyone ever died of subtlety?

Just a ramble. What language do they use in Israeli courts when dealing with Palestinian issues?

THIS NEWS ITEM is like something out of The Far Side. Sooooo subtle, the IDF.

Legal language can be a minefield for those outside of the legal profession. Here’s the beginning of an ignorant’s ramble… feel free to enlighten me.

I grew up in a country with many islands that had various cultural groups, some with their own languages or dialects. The language that lawyers used in court was English. Language was a way to isolate those who are not “equipped” to deal with legal matters. It remains the same today, as far as I know.

My country of birth is celebrating “Buwan ng Wika” – literally, “Language Month.” It isn’t declared as “Filipino Language Month” for it’s meant to celebrate all the different languages and dialects of the country – except the dominant official language, English. There are so many questions I’m eager to ask, now that I am halfway across the globe and more often using the colonial language. Where do I even start?

About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. His latest book is BLOODRED DRAGONFLIES, published by Deep South in South Africa. Check out the official blog page for Bloodred Dragonflies. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. San Anselmo Publications released HOW TO MAKE A SALAGUBANG HELICOPTER & OTHER POEMS in 2019 followed by CROCODILES IN BELFAST & OTHER POEMS in 2020 - both books can be purchased through their Facebook page. View all posts by matangmanok

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