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Words of Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law.

Today’s phrase is et uxor.

et uxor (et ək-sor). [Latin] Archaic. And wife. • This phrase was formerly common in case names and legal documents (esp. abstracts of title) involving a husband and wife jointly. It usu. appears in its abbreviated form, et ux. [conveyed the land to Donald Baird et ux.].

Black’s Law Dictionary, 10th ed., Bryan A. Garner, Editor in Chief, Thomson Reuters, 2014.

Examples abound in old cases and deeds. In the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds “Indexing Quick Reference Guide” based on the 2000 version of the Massachusetts Deed Indexing Standards and local practice, reference is made to the term et ux. It is called a “relator” and the Guide notes that the term is not used for indexing purposes, presumably because it does not name an individual. No mention of the term is used in the 2008 Deed Indexing Standards for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, adding credence to the archaic nature of the term.

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