“The office of an objection is to stop an answer.” Platner v. Platner, 78 NY 90, 102 (1879). However, while “a rose is a rose is a rose” (Gertrude Stein, “Sacred Emily,” 1913), “an objection is not an objection is not an objection” when it arrives for appellate review. This article reviews the tight rules that govern the appealability of general and specific objections, sustained and overruled, which are anchored in the foundational principle of preservation.

CPLR 4017 states: “Formal exceptions to rulings of the court are unnecessary. At the time a ruling or order of the court is requested or made a party shall make known the action which he requests the court to take or, if he has not already indicated it, his objection to the action of the court. Failure to so make known objections, as prescribed in this section or in section 4110-b, may restrict review upon appeal in accordance with paragraphs three and four of subdivision (a) of section 5501.”