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Plain English for Lawyers
California Law Review
We lawyers cannot write plain English. We use eight words to say what could be said in two. We use old, arcdne phrases to express commonplace ideas. Seeking to be precise, we become redundant. Seeking to be cautious, we become verbose. Our sentences twist on, phrase within clause within clause, glazing the eyes and numbing the minds of our readers. The result is a writing style that has, according to one critic, four outstanding characteristics. It is: "(1) wordy, (2) unclear, (3) pompous, anddoi:10.2307/3479966 fatcat:e6a7uyw4nbb5jhgwfhgdorplvq