U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, a French-speaking Francophile, must have shouted “zut alors!” on June 25, when it was discovered that the first sentence in an antitrust case dissent he wrote misspelled “laissez faire” as “lassez faire.”
Likewise, Justice Clarence Thomas must have hit the roof when, in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case on June 4, his concurrence described baker Jack Phillips’ business logo as displaying a painter’s “palate,” rather than a painter’s “palette.” The word “palate” is usually associated with the roof of the mouth, or the sense of taste.
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