As the government's resident philosopher-prince, Attorney-General George Brandis is fond of words, particularly words from outside the English language. Being a lawyer, he likes to draw upon one of the techniques the legal profession uses to pretend it isn't just another self-interested industry, by quoting Latinisms and terms usually only heard in the rarefied confines of the courtroom, like "gravamen". And if words can be pronounced a la francaise, so much the better, even if the words have long since passed into English usage.