Alliteration leads the way for learning in law?

From William Langland’s Piers Plowman to the sports pages of The Independent, and the glory of headlines like “Elwood excels as England are Engulfed” (why can’t they show this one on ESPN Classic?) I’ve always enjoyed a good bit of alliteration. However, until now, I hadn’t really considered its possibility as a viable learning aid in the study of law. It appears I was wrong….

Just last week we were discussing criminal damage in class when the case of R v Miller was mentioned. “Oh, I know that one”, shouted an enthusiastic voice, “it’s the chap who burnt his bed and buggered off!”. I wouldn’t have put it in quite those words myself, but it seems it did the trick. Now they all remember Miller!

Thinking about it, I’ve been missing a trick all these years, and the possibilities are endless: “carnivorous crew can’t claim necessity when cooking Cabin boy” (Dudley & Stephens), “for a constructive trust contributions must be considerable; ‘de minimis’ decorating doesn’t do it” (Lloyds Bank v Rosset), “savvy Scotswoman swallows snail and sues” (Donoghue v Stevenson). The possibilities are endless!

Ideas anyone?

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