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The Jolly Contrarian
“An opinion is just an onion with a pi in it.”

A stroll through the brambles of law, management, philosophy, language, technology, cricket and high finance. Like a good alluvial fan, everything is silting up nicely and there are now 3,017 articles in this wiki.

What’s in here

Anatomies: Clause-by-clause Anatomy and nutshell guides (hit the bar on the left) to ISDA Master Agreement and other master trading agreements. These may be incomplete, out of date, out of touch, flippant — well, they are flippant — but will still be better value and more entertaining than that awful FT book about derivatives;
Book reviews culled from twenty indolent years sounding off on Amazon;
Much flippancy about plain English, buzzwords, flannel, Latin, Greek, metaphor and eggs.

How …?

Oh, for heaven’s sake. To browse, use the bar on the left. To search, use the box top right.

What’s new

Lost libretto found: A pristine manuscript for La Vittoria della Forma sulla Sostanza, Otto Büchstein’s long-lost opera (known in English as The Victory of Form over Substance, has been discovered in an attic in Genoa!
New Anatomy™ guides: Pledge GMSLA | Negotiation | Conference calls
And, as the case may be, or: Is that a slash I see before me?

So you wanna…

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