Here is a little tidbit from a judicial opinion I was reading today by the famous Judge Posner:
". . . [T]he theft of the cans of soda pop was rendered nonactionable by the venerable legal maxim de minimis non curat lex. (The lawyers on both sides of this case, no Latin grammarians they, call it the "de minimus" doctrine.)"
Hessel v. O'Hearn, 977 F.2d 299, 301 (7th Cir. 1992).
Note the slightly different spellings of "minimis" and "minimus" indicating a different grammatical form of the word -- "minimus" with a "u" being incorrect Latin in this context. Typical judicial snottiness. So unnecessary.
I was once in court when a State Police Trooper was attempting to prosecute one of his first cases. (Police officers often prosecute misdemeanor bench trials in my jurisdiction.) The judge was trying to muscle him into plea bargaining the case by persuading him that it had significant weaknesses. The green State Police Trooper was hesitating, unsure what to do. Finally, the judge said, "Don't stand there trying to be like Horatio at the Bridge!" Of course, the poor State Police Trooper was even more befuddled after that. Even I, who took a number of courses towards a Classics major in college, could barely remember the story of the Roman hero Horatio who stood his ground so his comrades could escape across the bridge as the Etruscan hordes swooped down. There was no need for the judge to torment this poor cop with an obscure classics reference when the cop was already in over his head -- but I suppose the judge's need to intimidate with his superior erudition was the most important thing.