Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Do you use "layperson"?

Whenever I hear lawyers uses the words layperson and laypeople or, worse, layman or laymen, I wince a little. I can't even bring myself to use these L-words, especially in front of L-people. I have a sense that these L-terms are demeaning.

So in my writing, I get by without them. I use nonlawyer or "someone who isn't a lawyer."

Thus, in my quest to bring legal language to the people who pay for it, I have banished the L-words.

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