[LMB] Oaths - related to Barrayaran politics

Judy R. Johnson jrj at fidalgo.net
Wed Nov 3 02:19:25 GMT 2010

On 11/2/2010 9:46 AM, Howard Brazee wrote:
> On 11/2/2010 10:20 AM, Elizabeth Holden wrote:
>> Barrayarans seem to have oaths that do not involve references to 
>> religion, and are certainly legally binding.
> I always wondered what the legal difference is between lying to a 
> court or to a king and lying under oath to a court or a king.
> I affirm that I'm not lying to you.   If you don't believe me, just 
> ask me, and I'll tell you that I'm not lying.

NEW from JRJ> Heh.  Hope I haven't already told this one, but in one of 
my former jobs I had to arrange for a long-term visa for my German boss 
to travel in the USA.  He was rotfl-ing because one of the questions on 
the form actually asked, outright, "Are you lying?"  (Gawd help us.)

One hopes that the Barrayaran form of FedSpeak, after a millenium or so, 
has improved.  But wouldn't bet on it.

Entwife Judy
Who doubts if the status quo is ever well enough to be let alone
Certainly the above example could stand some improvement

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