Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Plain-English advocate picks on lawyers. Ouch.

Why do lawyers write so that no one can understand them? They say it is because they need to be precise, and that their language has been honed by centuries of litigation. But this is baloney. The real reason is that, although they are paid for their skill with words, most lawyers are dull and clumsy writers who have not broken the bad habits they learned as students.

--Mark Adler of Clarity, an international association promoting plain legal language.

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