When I was studying disability law in law school, I had to learn how to spell accommodation correctly—two Cs, two Ms—a long, arduous word, with lots of extra letters.
The word “judgment,” alternatively, only contains one E when it is written by a lawyer. A sure way to tell a non-lawyer is the insertion of an extra E after the G: “judgement.” A similar sign of a non-lawyer is an S in the abbreviation of “versus.” After I became a law professor, I gave my students this mnemonic:
Tyson vs. Holyfield—That’s a boxing match.
Holyfield v. Tyson—That’s an assault and battery claim arising from a particular injury to Holyfield’s ear.
After a while, of course, my students had no idea what injury I was talking about. That particularly gory bout had slipped from the popular consciousness.
The point is, every term in law has its spelling, and with its spelling, its meaning, and with its meaning, its baggage.
Accommodation. A long, arduous word. And what does it mean? Meeting the needs of? Assisting? Making extra space for? That’s it. It means extra. Doing something extra.