‘Assfisting’: Incredible lawyer’s letter typo surfaces online

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Effective legal drafting is an art. Precision of language, a defined structure and just the right amount of legalease all come together on the page to create the perfect lawyer’s letter.

Unfortunately (and much to our amusement) lawyers don’t always get it right. A letter currently doing the rounds on Twitter courtesy of Letters of Note provides an excellent example of how things can go spectacularly wrong.

The letter (in full below) is dated March 1994, and appears to be from a US lawyer to his newly-acquired client named George.

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It was meant to be a simple letter explaining the firm’s billing rates, yet it’s been described by Letters of Note as “the most unfortunate typo ever committed to paper”. This is thanks to a bum-based blunder that pops up in the second paragraph, where the lawyer explains how other colleagues may be “assfisting” with the case.

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The amusing typo has received over 100 retweets and prompted a string of amusing responses from Twitter users:

This isn’t the first time a lawyer has come a typo-related cropper. In 2013, Legal Cheek brought you news of a filed document in the US case of Frazier v Honeywell Pension and Savings Plan that included the word “CUNTS” instead of “COUNTS”. Easily done.

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Blue-haired Fatty

This made me feel uncomfortable. I demand he be fired summarily.



Right on tine the gayboes up here at AusLaw Reddit are posting this

They are all gays



Good to see the hot topic of ass fisting getting some coverage in the legal press πŸ‘ŠπŸ»


Jones Day Partner

Our standard training contract template contains similar language.



One or two fingers is fine but a fist is probably a bit much, although don’t knock things until you have tried them.



I don’t like even one or two fingers, but a tongue can be pleasurable. I don’t know how anybody could take a fist – it hurts me just to squeeze out a big number 2!



Reminds me of a time I was drafting a statement of claim of an employee seeking overtime from his employer, which included the pleading that the employee received $x per shift.

I did not type the f in shift but fortunately it did get corrected in the final proofread….



Oh, HAHAHAHA that’s so hilarious. Not.



It reminds me of when I addressed a client as twatface instead of Brian.



Brian loves a good assfist.


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