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April 03, 2008

Law Birds of London

Bird pron. "beud" (London); "burd" (Scotland) n. woman. See The English-to-American Dictionary. They include Law Minx, Legally Blonde in London, Law Girl and the pioneering uplander and biker-solicitor Ruthie of Ruthie's Law, who is now London-bound. Keep your hands away from the cages.

Posted by Holden Oliver (Kitzb├╝hel Desk) at April 3, 2008 12:59 AM


'Bird' is a terribly antiquated usage rarely seen at large since the '60's and early '70's.

I'd never have said "Lawyer chicks" or "Legal totty" nor "Bar Candy". Honest.

Posted by: Geeklawyer at April 2, 2008 12:05 PM

For once, I actually disagree with The Geek; 'Legal Totty or 'Bar Candy' may be completely sexist, but it is soooo much more FUN than bieng called a "Bird"! ( since "turkey" springs immediately to mind)

Thanks for the mention BTW - it is much appreciated!!!

Posted by: lawminx at April 2, 2008 12:41 PM

Yes, GL and LM, we remember Carnaby Street, Mods and Twiggy. But we wish to bring back such words as 'bird'--along with 'groovy','yours in the struggle' and 'Real revolutionaries sleep with Holden'.

Posted by: Holden Oliver at April 2, 2008 01:45 PM

I have been instructed by Lawminx to make representations on her behalf on the use of the term 'bird', rather than 'totty'. My instruction is on the basis that I am old enough to recall the non-ironic widespread use of the term.

1. In useage 'bird' was a generic term, describing any female under the age of *mumbles*. Without qualifying adjectives, it indicates no more than this.

2. While on that basis, Lawminx may be a bird, which is not admitted, the term is neither precise enough nor sufficient to serve as an adequate descriptor of my client.

3. The term 'totty' is to be preferred as
i) being of greater antiquity
ii) combining both sexism and outrageous social snobbery in its useage (qv Geeklaywer [2008])
iii) connoting a qualitative approval entirely more fitting to the undoubted merits of my client.

In view of the above, my client requests that she henceforth be demeaned in a more accurate and fitting manner and that 'Law Bird' be replaced by 'Legal Totty' in this and any subsequent reference to her.

Posted by: Nearly Legal at April 3, 2008 04:06 AM

Helpful, NL--but do you have a picture of and any details re: LM? We've heard stories. We are curious. I am planning a trip to UK. May have extra 25 or 30 minutes. And Ruthie at 35 is now too old.

Posted by: Holden Oliver at April 3, 2008 11:53 AM

My only pictures are imaginary, but LM is audible..

But scatter comments about Ruthie around like that and you won't make it out of Heathrow Terminal 5 alive, with or without luggage.

Posted by: Nearly Legal at April 3, 2008 12:20 PM

Many thanks for the mention!

The term "bird" brings images of the golden girls to mind. You could say that were are the charlies angels of law blogging (recent version).

Posted by: Lawgirl at April 3, 2008 07:45 PM

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