This is a very trivial one even by my own standards of nonsense, because the only case I’m interested in this week (RE B&H fact-finding) hasn’t come up as a judgment yet.
As ever, I ended my most recent court hearing drawing up a court order, and like a reverse iceberg, only about a tenth of the document was an order, and the rest was preamble.
And that let me to muse as to whether the word means exactly what it suggests, that this is what happens before the amble. And it sort of does – it literally means before the walk. From perambulation, meaning walking.
That ended up leading me to consideration of preambles generally, and that the most famous/notable one is the lead in to the American constitution. I was hoping that it would begin “We hold these truths to be self-evident” since that is a better title, but no, it goes like this:-