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Don’t read this

Posted by Richard on May 19, 2005

Ernie the Attorney recently posted one of the better examples of stupid email disclaimers:

This e-mail message and any attachments are confidential and may be privileged.  If you are not the intended recipient, please notify XXX, Inc. immediately by replying to this message and destroy all copies of this message including all attachments. Also, please DISREGARD this mail if you received it WITHOUT this disclaimer since that would mean it was not legitimately sent from the XXX mail server. Thank you.

His preceding two posts (here and here) on boilerplate are interesting, too. I like this:

Boilerplate language is to a lawyer as a sidearm is to a gunslinger.  The origins of the term ‘boilerplate’ are interesting but irrelvant here.  The thing you need to understand, in case you were carried away by aliens and haven’t been on Earth in the past 100 years, is that boilerplate language is intended to bore you and intimidate you at the same time.

(HT: Overlawyered)

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