One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Law. A member of an Inn of Court who specializes in drawing pleadings. Also figurative. Now historical.
2A person who uses one-sided argumentation; a disingenuous or sophistical disputant.
Early 18th century. From special + pleader, after special-plead, special pleading.
special pleader/ˌspɛʃl ˈpliːdə/
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