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What Is The Riot Act?  
User currently offlineAirworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

What do people mean when they "read the riot act"?

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User currently offlineADG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

hmmm... that's what your mother does when you get busted for something bad  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Basically you get the biggest telling off of your life....


User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

A lecture about something you did wrong. Generally is done at a near yelling level.

At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13605 posts, RR: 76
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

The Riot Act was a method of dealing with riots used by the UK armed forces until the late 1960's.
Basically a rioting crowd, after CS gas had usually been employed without any real success, would be warned to disperse, either by megaphone or a large banner (as this always happened abroad it could be in the local language).
The warning would be to disperse of take the consequences, it would involve reading out or signifying a piece of military law called 'The Riot Act'.
The consequences were usually that a ringleader of the riot would be indentified, then shot by a marksman.
By the time of Northern Ireland from 1969, this law no longer applied, the military were under full civilian control, and developments like rubber bullets and water cannon made the act superfluous
as well as politically unacceptable.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8656 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1859 times:

Thanks GDB, weirdly enough I was wondering about the origin of the expression, just a couple of days back. You the man.

fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineToady From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1863 times:

If I remember correctly, it's not military law. I think the act had to be read by a magistrate which, if true, would suggest to me that it was civil law - albeit more than likely enforced by the military.

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