Saturday, February 16, 2008
Even American Court Clerks are not immune
Study this letter closely. Click on it to open a larger version. Did you spot the problem yet?
Disclaimer: this is a real letter, the only parts manipulated are any portions that deals with private information, such as names and case numbers.
Technically speaking, this is NOT a grammatical mistake, believe it or not. According to m-w.com (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary), you CAN use "notice" as a verb that way, which actually does mean "serve notice to". However, it is considered to be "jargon / legalese" (i.e. lawyer language).
Thus, it should be an example of how NOT to speak and write English (unless, of course, you are a lawyer!