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« Wretched Drafting 101: Help I'm Lost!!
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Comment from: Bob [Visitor]

As a non- lawyer who reads contracts, license agreements, and patents, I have only one word to add.

07/15/14 @ 09:28
Comment from: James J. Aquilina, Esq. [Visitor]  
James J. Aquilina, Esq.


I agree wholeheartedly that verbose lawyers that intentionally obfuscate are nothing less than poor writers. I own a copy of Strunk & White and try to give it a read through about once a year. I also grew up a devoted Hemingway fan, and remain fond of his stories and terse style. As a patent attorney, I see some of the most tortured use of the English language possible, and I constantly push back on needless wordiness and confusing language (even in claims, where some practitioners see value in ambiguity). Keep up the good fight! I look forward to reading the follow-up articles.

07/17/14 @ 21:29
Comment from: Oliver Schmidt [Visitor]
Oliver Schmidt

Working in licensing audit and contract compliance I see contract interpretation issues due to contract language on a recurrent basis. I’ll have to give Strunk’n'White’s a read, if I can improve my own grammar then maybe it will pave the way for others.

07/18/14 @ 07:08
Comment from: Joyce [Visitor]

Short, clear sentences are best, *especially* in licenses. See this story about the million-dollar comma:


07/18/14 @ 11:22
Comment from: Barron [Member]  

Pithy prose, aiming for this myself. Obfuscation, we find, is often intentional. Why?
I do not know. Does one party avoid specific performance by
making vague the language within those much mentioned
"four corners" [of the contract].

10/20/14 @ 19:20
Comment from: Ross [Member]  

I’m looking at my copy that has faithfully accompanied me for over a quarter century to every job and every desk I’ve sat behind. While Strunk & White is an invaluable asset for every lawyer and writer, I feel compelled to lament another problem. People in their late 20s and younger have atrocious writing skills. This stems from their use of the same abbreviated words and phrases they use on smartphones, etc., for everyday drafting. I am appalled by how poorly they write. God help them in another 10-15 years as they attempt to climb their career ladders only to find that their writing holds them back.

03/12/15 @ 07:14
Comment from: Intellectulaw [Visitor]

I am getting a copy of Strunk’n'White.

04/12/16 @ 16:24