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Chad M. Oldfather, The Hidden Ball: A Substantive Critique of Baseball Metaphors in Judicial Opinions, 27 Conn. L. Rev. 17 (1994)

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27 Connecticut Law Review 17 (1994)


This article draws on literary and linguistic theory, as well as prior work studying the effects of metaphor in judicial opinions, to study the use of a specific type of metaphor - baseball metaphors - in judicial opinions. The article surveys several specific metaphors that have been recurrently used - including the judge as "umpire," "hit-and-run," and "three strikes and you're out" - and considers the ways in which the use of such metaphors might direct thought about the underlying subject matter in inappropriate directions.

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