When I was a young lawyer, one of my first disputes was with a partner who asked me to proofread his brief. Presented by the phrase “true and correct copy”, I dutifully struck the words “true and correct”. We fought over that edit–I lost. But I have never been willing to sign my name to that phrase. I was just presented today with a settlement agreement that contained the phrase and my earlier encounter replayed in my mind’s eye.

Here’s the thing. A document is either a copy or it is not. Have you ever seen an untrue copy? An incorrect copy? What is a true but incorrect copy? Or an untrue but correct copy? I’ve never been able to figure that out.

Maybe you can tell–one of my pet peeves. Sorry to burden you.