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October 6, 2011
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In reading a stipulation prepared by the parties and presented to the hearing officer for his approval as to form and content, the following was added in the hearing officer's handwriting just above his signature: "It should be noted that pages 7 and 8 are substantively blank." It just didn't look "right" to me and I thought that it was added to show not only that the author was wide awake and on his toes, but that his use of "substantively" rather than "substantially" was meant to demonstrate that the author was somehow "really smart." I mean, why use "substantively" when there were other commonly used adjectives available to convey the fact that the referenced pages in the document as presented to the hearing officer were "substantially" blank. Just a feeling on my part, but the thought that "something was going on" eventually led me to this site. And what a wonderful place this is! I'm in way over my head - there are some really smart people making comments here - but I think I'm going enjoy being a fly on your wall.
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