Scalia's dissent in King v. Burwell: Jiggery pokery and words have no meaning.

“Pure Applesauce” and “Jiggery-Pokery”: Linguistic Highlights From Scalia’s Obamacare Dissent

“Pure Applesauce” and “Jiggery-Pokery”: Linguistic Highlights From Scalia’s Obamacare Dissent

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June 25 2015 11:19 AM

“Pure Applesauce” and “Jiggery-Pokery”: Linguistic Highlights From Scalia’s Obamacare Dissent

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Pure applesauce, I tell you! Applesauce!

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Justice Antonin Scalia may have been on the losing side in this morning's big health care decision, but as usual, he definitely won the day's contest to see who could pack the most hilarious and anachronistic zingers into a dissent. On Twitter, Matthew Lauer has plucked some of the best one-liners. What was the majority opinion? "Pure applesauce" and "jiggery-pokery." Also, "words no longer have meaning." We expect nothing less from the man who brought us "argle-bargle."

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Jordan Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.