Nice article on the semantic games of our Supreme Court:
Antonin Scalia likes dictionaries. He has cited, in Supreme Court opinions, Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1773), Noah Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language (1828), Timothy Cunningham’s A New and Complete Law Dictionary (1771), and others of more recent vintage, including the Random House College Dictionary (1982). More than any other sitting Justice, he sees himself as both an authority on and an arbiter of our mother tongue. This makes him, in some instances, the last word on words.