traumatized by the f-word. My, how impolite the practice of law has become.
I'm reminded of an anecdote about a lawyer who retired long before I started to practice. Back in the 1950's and 60's, when everybody was polite as can be and the practice of law was genteel and collegial, he found that many of the polite letters he received from lawyers merited the same polite response, so he had a rubber stamp made to facilitate his prompt reply. Afterward, when he received a letter proposing something he found disagreeable, he would apply the stamp and promptly return the letter to its sender: "F--- You, Detailed Letter to Follow".
Ah, the good old days.