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I Move The Ombudsguy Answer This For Me

We listened to quite a bit of XM radio on the x-country drive (when we weren’t listening to Elmo’s songs). This meant we could listen to Fox News and CNN which, in turn, meant we listened to a lot of legal analysis of the various rape and murder trials going on (the missus loves true crime, so I couldn’t turn). Anyway, this is all prelude to my personal gripe which I’ve had for years. I was taught that in courts, in legislatures etc. that one did not say “make a motion” when referring to introducing requests to judges, the parliamentary chair etc. When you are flailing about like Animal from “The Muppet Show” or when you’re standing on the tarmac waving glow sticks at a 747 to tell it to head for gate 48 you’re making a motion. But when you wish the judge to rule a certain way you move “x or y.” “I make a motion that we adjourn” is color commentary for mime. “I move that we adjourn” is a formal request. Am I wrong about this? If I am it would be good to know so that don’t wince when I hear every legal pundit yammer about what happened in court today or spit my drinks at “Law and Order.”

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