"Copy editor" nominated to U.S. Supreme Court.The writings of Judge John G. Roberts Jr., nominated nom·i·nate
tr.v. nom·i·nat·ed, nom·i·nat·ing, nom·i·nates
1. To propose by name as a candidate, especially for election.
2. To designate or appoint to an office, responsibility, or honor. to become a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, are gaining attention for his grammatical gram·mat·i·cal
1. Of or relating to grammar.
2. Conforming to the rules of grammar: a grammatical sentence. accuracy in both reviewing briefs and writing his own memorandums and briefs.
In a New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Times article (8/29/05) titled "In Re Grammar, Roberts's Stance Is Crystal Clear," * Anne E. Kornblut writes of a comment made by Roberts in one memo, "It was a typical remark from a legal scholar who is said to have never lost a local spelling bee spelling bee
A contest in which competitors are eliminated as they fail to spell a given word correctly. Also called spelldown.
Noun 1. as a child and who once wrote an entire White House memorandum in French. In fact, an obsession with rhetorical precision is a central Roberts trait trait (trat)
1. any genetically determined characteristic; also, the condition prevailing in the heterozygous state of a recessive disorder, as the sickle cell trait.
2. a distinctive behavior pattern. ..."
Once, in a memorandum responding to a school superintendent's opposition to the administration's education policies, Roberts said no legal issues were involved. "But," Kornblut writes, "he took the opportunity to note, 'The letter is very sarcastic sar·cas·tic
1. Expressing or marked by sarcasm.
2. Given to using sarcasm.
[sarc(asm) + -astic, as in enthusiastic. , although Willard inadvertently proves our point about the quality of public education by incorrectly using "affect" for "effect."'"
A Roberts colleague summed up the judge's view:
"Your brief writing conveys not only your argument to the court, but it also conveys a sense of your credibility and the care with which you put together your case."
Another time Roberts was moved to correct the often-quoted sentence of Neil Armstrong upon landing on the moon. "It is my recollection that he actually said 'one small step for a man, one giant step for mankind,' but the 'a' was somewhat garbled in transmission. Without the 'a,' the phrase makes no sense."
* Judge Roberts would probably object to the paper's use of 's in the above sentence since it follows the s in Roberts's name but proceeds the S in Stance.