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50 Mistreated Words and Desecrated Phrases: Statue of limitations

Hey, I’ve heard of the Statue of Liberty, but never of the Statue of Limitations. Pretty sure most tourists wouldn’t find that one worth visiting. It might prove to be a bust.

And still, this misused phrase shows up once in a while.

The correct wording is “statute of limitations,” and it’s actually a legal phrasing. It refers to a specified time period, after which a crime may not be prosecuted.

And we’ve never heard of a statue celebrating such a statute.

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