Words ... Lawyers Love WORDS! To Celebrate Dictionary Day (Oct. 16th), Here’s a “Wordy” List of Lawyerly Articles

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Words are an integral part of the law. Arguments are built on words. Briefs are built on words. Statutes are built on ... you guessed it, words. As a tip of the hat to the wordiest day of the year (that’s you Dictionary Day), here’s a list of “word” articles for all the legal logophiles (aka lover of words).

Word-slicing … a lawyerly art form

You don’t want a surgeon with shaky hands; likewise, you don’t want a lawyer with a shaky vocabulary. “Shaky,” in the legal realm, is an inability to tower over a definition and slice it with molecular exactitude.

5 Legal Cliches That Could Land You In Hot Water

Every dog has its day, but not every cliche has a place in your next filing. Legal writing can be so cliche-ridden that we decided to go the extra mile and bring you another installment of expressions that are as clear as mud.

 Don’t be a hostage to hackneyed talk: 5 mystifying words you should challenge

In the mainstream media, the establishment often creates a neo-romantic idea of modern democracy. Only the avid American understands this.

5 Strategies To Strengthen Your Sentence By Replacing The “Weak With”

The word “with” can be a helpful word. It helps give a subject a sense of possession. While it can help sentences, it can also weaken them.

Toughen your legal writing with a poetry lesson

Are you too lawyerly to wield a little poetry? If so, you’re neglecting a legal writing weapon.

Which Version of Which Are You Talking About: Confusing Words Pt.3

Have you ever read something and realized that a word was used incorrectly? Chances are we all have and the only way to correct it is to be able to distinguish differences between words.

Which Version of Which Are You Talking About: Confusing Words Pt.2

We have all seen words used incorrectly. There will always be those words that sound too similar to distinguish the difference which word is meant and which meaning that is associated with it.

Which Version of Which Are You Talking About: Confusing Words Pt.1

Have you ever read something and realized that a word was used incorrectly? It can drive some people crazy (myself included), but there will always be those words that sound too similar to distinguish the difference which word is meant and which meaning that is associated with it.

“Verbalizing” Nouns: A Dangerous Business

Some people think you can tack “–ize” onto any noun and create a verb; however, many nouns have no business being used as verbs.

“Democracy” … the word: Did Trump wield it wrongly?

The word “democracy” is sometimes called forth like flood waters - an impactful force let loose but also a deluge without constraints.

Wasting your words: 5 words/phrases that muddy your writing

There are many ways to make a good first impression. A huge tool for that in the business realm is writing.

15 best / 17 worst resume words

When making a resume many of us were told to be truthful, but make it standout. One way to make it stand out is by the choice of words you use.

Lean writing = Gutting the word glut: 18 compound phrases to simplify

The lawyers are considered a lot of things, but one of the first things that comes to mind when describing them is this - wordy.

Death by writing: 10 deadly business words/phrases

No matter who you work for, you always want them to look good, maintain a good image. One thing that could make or break your company’s image is the writing it produces and sends out to clients.

 In 34 words, a powerful writing tip from Joseph Pulitzer

If you want to know how to make you writing good and powerful, who better to turn to for advice than the great newspaper legend Joseph Pulitzer.

Hone your words with these 10 ways to tighten your writing

There is always room for improvement. For those of you who are looking to improve your writing ....

Rejecting jargon in your law firm: 26 workplace words that need to be scrapped

Do you use any of the 26 words in your daily communications?

20 botched words that'll weaken your legal briefs

We can easily misunderstand a message with a misuse of one word. Some instances are harder to identify than others.

Give “avid” a rest on social media … and 10 other words to avoid when describing yourself

“Crazy” … “insane” … 2 terms to describe yourself? Good choices if you’re selling yourself as a pro wrestler; otherwise, they’re bad choices, right?

Think your legal writing is good? Imagine it being better. 12 worthless words you should drop

Today’s society is always on the go and as a result it has changed the way we write things. Whether you’re a journalist or other profession involving writing you want to make your writing as precise as possible.

Knowingly, intentionally or recklessly: How these words are hated by most but loved by attorneys

Being compared to cheap cologne, trans fat, or being told you’re “not a friend”, doesn’t typically end with a happy ending.

Are you abusing the word "literally"? Your 3-minute intervention

Are you one of those people who uses the word “literally” a lot (and probably not correctly in many instances).

185 Powerful Verbs That Will Make Your Resume Awesome

Have you ever read over your (or a friend’s) resume and felt like it sounded a little bland?


 

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