‘Bare bait,’ ‘jack boys’ and ‘changing her weather’: Five times legal cases have hinged on slang


Slang is the language of counter-culture, disobedience and outright crime. So it’s no surprise slang terms get debated in court.

Here are five times in the last six years slag has proved pivotal in a legal case.

Check out our episode on how slang spreads and evolves on iTunes or through the SoundCloud player below.

  • Keep that to yourself, guy: According to the previously mentioned New York Times story, a Tennessee court reportedly consulted Urban Dictionary before deciding a manager at a supply chain logistics company’s use of the phrase “to nut” was a reference to ejaculation (no kidding), which led it to reject a call to dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by female employees.

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