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#1 2005-12-14 04:51:48

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"quick claim" for "quitclaim"

In real estate law there is a “quitclaim” deed, in which the grantor makes no warranties of title, but releases whatever interest he or she may happen to have. It’s the rough equivalent of selling a used car “as is.”

I taught Property Law in law school for eight years, and almost every year a student spelled this as “quick claim” (two words) on the exam. This may be a simple mishearing, but I think it’s an eggcorn. The students had some underlying notion that the deed was “quick” because, in the absence of a warranty, there was no need to research the title.

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