Forthwith And Other Mysteries

I have been watching Blue Bloods on CBS. Have you? I like several of the actors: Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynihan, Donnie Wahlberg. I’m no expert, but I think that maybe the writing is not so great. But I watch anyway. One thing I cannot get over is “forthwith”. In nearly every episode, at least one cop says it. Sometimes as many as three. What is up with that?! Even though I know no NYC cops, I am sure in my gut that they do not say that! My working theory is that there must be a cop consulting on the show who decided to mess with the writers. Either that, or the head writer needs to have their thesaurus burned.

I spent a great deal of time this past weekend putting together our tax documents. Why is it that I cannot recall one year in the past seven, when church has not sent a messed up tax statement?I am not even talking about the same parishes in those seven years. There must be something about the way money comes in to a church and the sheer number of donors that causes these consistent problems. I have to say that I really wish that just once I didn’t have to make the phone call that I have to make today. Don’t worry, I always make sure I have a smile on my face before I call. I’m using you all to vent my annoyance. 🙂

Mr. Darcy is doing better, but we don’t know why. We don’t really even know why he got sick and stopped eating. His blood work was good. His x-rays were clear. He still can’t keep down dry food. So he’s eating canned food, and gaining weight. And starting to act like his normal self. One thing that seems to be permanent, is that he can’t jump anymore. While this is a blessing for those visiting our home, I feel bad for Mr. Darcy. Because no jumping means no frisbee. And Mr. Darcy loves to play frisbee. Why can’t they stay about six or seven years old forever? Watching them age really sucks sometimes.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I’m off to try and accomplish all the stuff I didn’t get to, forthwith! 😉

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Thomas on April 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    In reference to forthwith:

    I have to say that I have heard it used a lot. I am a police dispatcher here in the south, but we have many retired officers from NY (many that were on the ground at WTC on 9/11).

    The first time I heard forthwith, I was in the dispatch center. The officer was requesting a medic “forthwith.” I was confused, but considering the urgency in the tone of voice from the officer, I knew that I better move fast. Later that shift, I asked the officer what “forthwith” meant. He explained it to me. Since that day, I have heard some of the other NY officers at my department use it.

    When Blue Bloods came on the air, I thought to myself about the time I have to ask what it meant…

    Some other NY cop phrases:
    “Start me a bus” this translates to send an ambulance
    “triple-O” this means “Out-of-Order, Occupied” and translates to a person trapped in an elevator.


  2. Posted by Anonymous on March 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    According to the FDNY Emergency Medical Service Radio Code:

    10-85 Need additional unit(s) (specify forthwith/no emerg.)

    This implies that ‘forthwith’ is the same as ‘emergency’.


  3. Posted by on May 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Only property lawyers and NYC cops seem to use it …


  4. Posted by Holly on January 18, 2015 at 6:33 am

    Your gut is wrong. Both NYPD and FDNY both use “Forthwith”. The writers are accurate, which is actually refreshing. NYPD Blue also used the word often.


  5. have seen far too many episodes of bb since f.i.l. moved in for extended stay.
    to answer question: no. the use of forthwith is a hollywood-ism – like “be advised,” “over and out,” “roger wilco,” etc. I grew up in ny and spent my share of time in the city.


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