Trouble And/Or Bother

The CHAIRMAN: It may be those words you put in there, which I never could quite understand, “and/or”—

Senator JOHNSON (interposing): Just describe them please, to the legislative counsel.

The CHAIRMAN: They borrowed them from advertisements appearing in the New York papers trying to sell bonds. That is where they were borrowed from.

Senator JOHNSON: They are as disagreeable to me as a split infinitive.

Mr. MITCHELL: They came originally from an old expression used in policies of marine insurance. That is where I first saw them.

The CHAIRMAN: I do not like them anywhere.

Limiting Jurisdiction of Federal Courts: Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on the Judiciary, 72d Cong. 16 (1932).