Attorney-at-Law

LAGNIAPPE

In Uncategorized on 08/04/2020 at 17:19

I am told that the title of this blogpost entered English from the Louisiana French adapting a Quechua word brought in to New Orleans by the Spanish Creoles. Therefore, it is a typical American word. I’ve used it in my blogposts before now, but I really like how Mark Twain defined it.

He said it was “a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word… They pronounce it lanny-yap. It is Spanish—so they said. It has a restricted meaning, but I think the people spread it out a little when they choose. It is the equivalent of the thirteenth roll in a ‘baker’s dozen.’ It is something thrown in, gratis, for good measure. The custom originated in the Spanish quarter of the city. When a child or a servant buys something in a shop—or even the mayor or the governor, for aught I know—he finishes the operation by saying—’Give me something for lagniappe.’ The shopman always responds; gives the child a bit of licorice-root, gives the servant a cheap cigar or a spool of thread, gives the governor—I don’t know what he gives the governor; support, likely.”

Today, SO D (name omitted) considered a request for “120 day stay of collection” as a collection alternative. All my super-sophisticated readers know that is not one of the options in Form 12153, but Craig A. Sopin & Ruth Sopin, Docket No. 10242-19L, filed 8/4/20 did request withdrawal of the NFTL, and added “…that their ‘[r]equest for 120 day stay of collection was denied’ and the ‘collection activity is overly aggressive under [the] circumstances.” Order, at p. 2 (Footnote omitted, but it says Judge Courtney D. (“CD”) Jones had some difficulty making out Craig’s & Ruth’s handwriting).

Judge CD Jones deals with Craig’s & Ruth’s sundry instances of noncompliance, but what interests me here is Craig’s & Ruth’s objection that the Appeals Office erred in considering a collection alternative “because they did not request one.” Order, at p. 4.

Well, even though it seems Craig’s & Ruth’s case took place far from New Orleans, Judge CD Jones is willing to allow Appeals to give something for lagniappe.

“We conclude it was not an abuse of discretion for the Appeals Office to construe petitioners’ request for a’120 day stay of collection’ as a collection alternative.” Order, at p. 4.

But Craig’s & Ruth’s noncompliance sinks that.

 

 

 

 

 

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