Posted by ESC on October 23, 2002
Last Friday I went to a workshop and acquired several phrases that were new to me.
VORTEX PUBLIC FIGURE -- A speaker talking about libel laws in the U.S. said it is more difficult to sue for libel if one is a "public" person. He listed three categories: public official (upper level government employee), public figure (movie star, etc.), and vortex public figure (someone who is caught up in an event/controversy).
UBI FILE - Useless bits of information file.
BIBLE BUMP - A bump on a hand (a cyst?) that will disappear if whacked by a large book - like the Bible. This wasn't part of the workshop. Someone mentioned this at lunch. Gruesome.