Friday, February 09, 2007

The strong scent of swelling phrases

This quotation is attributed to Coke in 1826. I like it, and it fits some legal writing today:

Certainly the fair outsides of enamelled words and sentences do sometimes so bedazzle the eye of the reader’s mind with their glittering shew, as they cause them not to see or not to pierce into the inside of the matter; and he that busily hunteth after affected words, and followeth the strong scent of great swelling phrases, is many times (in winding of them in, to shew a little verbal pride) at a dead loss of the matter itself.

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