A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Law - 953 pages
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Garner's Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage gives authoritative guidance on all the vexing questions that legal writers face, from correcting grammatical errors to framing legal issues to distinguishing between similar but distinct legal terms. With great detail and care, Garner explains what legalese is, how it can be simplified, and how far legal writers can go in simplifying it. The topics are alphabetically arranged for ease of reference: simply look up any phrase or grammatical category you're interested in, and you're likely to find the final word on the subject. Shortly after the completion of this massively expanded second edition, the late Charles Alan Wright said: "The first edition of this book has been praised around the world as both the most reliable guide to legal usage and the most fascinating to read. The second edition outdoes even its predecessor."
  

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Includes a series of Essays on Style, Usage, Lexicology, wording, and punctuation. Quote: IRONY. "The chief irony of lawyerdom is that poll after poll shows that (1) the public holds lawyers in low ... Read full review

A dictionary of modern legal usage

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Like the superb first edition (LJ 9/15/87), this new version of A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage is loaded with well-documented (and even witty) definitions and examples of legal usage. With ... Read full review

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Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
ix
Preface to the First Edition
xiii
Classified Guide to Essay Entries
xvii
Pronunciation Guide
xxiii
List of Abbreviations
xxv
MODERN LEGAL USAGE
1
Select Bibliography
949
Acknowledgments of Permission
953
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Bryan A. Garner is Adjunct Professor, Southern Methodist School of Law.

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