Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Consolidated Irrigation Dist. v. City of Selma (Cal. Ct. App. - March 9, 2012)

The benefits of reading tons of appellate cases are legion.  Including but not limited to expanding your vocabulary.

Take this case.  Page three, paragraph three, first sentence:  ruderal.

No idea what that meant.  I'm pretty confident this is the first time in my 45-plus years I've ever seen that term used.

It apparently means "growing in rubbish, poor land or waste."  So, for example, "ruderal species" are plants that are the first to colonize disturbed lands.
Like weeds.  But a fancier classification thereof.

So I'm ending today a smarter person.  At least if I ignore those seven thousand brain cells that I had this morning but will never see again (No. 33).