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Weasel words and grammar gaffes kill precision and authority, which are two pillars of good legal writing. If you want to write with precision and authority, you have to put your words and your grammar under a microscope.
How do you know if you’re using a weasel word or hedging your language? The Claims Journal has this helpful list, and to this list, you can add the following words:
Weasel words and hedging aren’t the sole causes of weak writing. Grammar gaffes must be avoided too. Keep these grammar tips in mind to insure strong, confident writing.