Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Lack of skill is the greatest punishment of mechanics.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Unskillfuiness is the greatest punishment of mechanics; [that is, from its effect in making them liable to those by whom they are employed.] 11 Coke, 54a. The word "pœna" in some translations is erroneously rendered "fault."