For ideas about how to do this, we might consult some dictionaries, since most of them do a better job of defining than the authors of the Dictionary Act, whose first concern is not lexicography, but getting re-elected.The originalists in Congress may prefer to go back to eighteenth-century dictionaries for the revision.But changes in writing technology have rendered the Act’s definition of writing seriously out of date.The Dictionary Act tells us that in the law, singular includes plural and plural, singular, unless context says otherwise; the present tense includes the future; and the masculine includes the feminine (but not the other way around–so much for equal protection). as well as individuals,” which is why AT&T is currently trying to convince the Supreme Court that it is a person entitled to “personal privacy.” (The Act doesn’t specify whether “insane person” includes “insane corporation.”) And then there’s the definition of writing. Because the meaning of the words in our laws isn’t always clear, the very first of our federal laws, the Dictionary Act–the name for Title 1, Chapter 1, Section 1, of the U. Code–defines what some of the words in the rest of the Code mean, both to guide legal interpretation and to eliminate the need to explain those words each time they appear.
is “the act or art of forming letters on stone, paper, wood, or other suitable medium to record the ideas which characters and words express or to communicate the ideas by visible signs.” That’s not likely to further the digital revolution.
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co.
The following types of maltreatment involve acts of commission: Failure to provide needs or to protect from harm or potential harm Acts of omission are the failure to provide for a child’s basic physical, emotional, or educational needs or to protect a child from harm or potential harm.
Like acts of commission, harm to a child might not be the intended consequence.