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Garner on language and writing : selected essays and speeches of Bryan A. Garner

Garner on language and writing : selected essays and speeches of Bryan A. Garner

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Edition Details

  • Creators or Attribution (Responsibility): Bryan Andrew Garner, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): Illinois
  • Publication Information: Chicago, Ill. : American Bar Association, ©2009
  • Publication Type (Medium): Terminology
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.us/garner-on-language-and-writing-selected-essays-and-speeches-of-bryan-a-garner/ (Stable identifier)

Additional Format

Online version: Garner, Bryan A. Garner on language and writing. Chicago, Ill.: American Bar Association, ©2009 (OCoLC)776825158

Short Description

XXXV, 839 pages : ILlustrations ; 24 cm

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, Garner on language and writing : selected essays and speeches of Bryan A. Garner is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Publishers: Chicago Young Lawyers Section ; American Bar Association
  • Responsable Person: with a foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Copyright Date: 2009
  • Location: Chicago, Ill.
  • Country/State: Illinois
  • Number of Editions: 8 editions
  • First edition Date: 2008
  • Last edition Date: 2009
  • Languages: English, German
  • Library of Congress Code: KF250
  • Dewey Code: 808.06634
  • ISBN: 9781590315880 159031588X
  • OCLC: 185026607

Main Contents

Introduction
Introductory essay : The mad, mad world of legal writing
Learning to write
Style
Persuasive writing
Lega drafting
English grammar and usage
Legal language
Legal lexicography
Writing in law school
Writing in practice
Judicial writing
Citations
Bizarreries
Tributes and autobiographical essays
Interviews
Book recommendations
Book reviews
Chronicles of grammar, usage, and writing
The last word
Recommended sources on language and writing.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgments XIII
Foreword XV
? INTRODUCTION XVII
The Mad, Mad World of Legal Writing XXIII
? CHAPTER ONE
Learning to Write 1
Using the Flowers Paradigm to Write More Efficiently 3
From Mush to Masterpiece 8
The Stuttering Writer 12
The Importance of Attentive Reading 15
Telling the Good from the Bad 18
The Third and Fourth Levels of Competence 21
The Benefits of Keeping a Daily Journal 24
Why You Should Start a Writing Group 28
? CHAPTER TWO
Style 31
The Letters of the Law 33
On Legal Style 43
In Praise of Simplicity 45
Putting the Action in Your Verbs, and Your Verbs in Active Voice 47
Colloquiality in Law 51
Judges on Effective Writing 53
On Conjunctions as Sentence-Starters 59
Genteelisms, Officialese, and Commercialese 84
? CHAPTER THREE
Persuasive Writing 95
Briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court 97
The Three Parts of a Brief 100
Issue-Framing:The Upshot of It All 16
The Deep Issue:A New Approach to Framing Legal Questions 112
The Language of Appellate Advocacy 141
Debriefing Your Briefs 150
? CHAPTER FOUR
Legal Drafting 153
Transactional Apathy 155
Legislative Drafting 157
Handling Words of Authority 162
Purging the Dirty Dozen 168
The Abstemious Definer 173
The Drafter's Machete for Slashing Through Density 178
The Art of Boiling Down: James Fitzjames Stephen as Drafter
and Lexicographer 183
? CHAPTER FIVE
English Grammar and Usage 197
Tending to Your Snootitude 199
The Word on the Street 203
Testing Your Command of Grammar and Usage 205
Our Blundering Law Reviews 210
Gauging Your Editing Skills 215
Boo-Boos in Our Law Reviews 220
Words,Words,Words-and Race 224
Transcending Dialect 227
Nonsexist Language and Credibility 231
Word-Karma 233
Preface to A Dictionary of Modern American Usage 234
A Texan Fowler?Answering the Critics of Modern American Usage 243
Making Peace in the Language Wars 254
? CHAPTER SIX
Legal Language 275
Preface to the First Edition of A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage 277
Plain Language 281
Legalese 290
Reworking Your Vocabulary 292
Steeling Yourself Against Legalese 296
Terms of Art 299
Doublets, Triplets, and Synonym-Strings 301
A Grammatical Grotesquerie in Texas Practice 306
Going Hence Without Day 308
The Lawyer's imply 311
Novelties in Lawyer Talk 315
? CHAPTER SEVEN
Legal Lexicography 321
The Oxford Law Dictionary: A Historical Dictionary for English-Speaking Jurisdictions 323
The Missing Common-Law Words 328
Preface to the First Pocket Edition of Black's Law Dictionary 339
Preface to the Seventh Edition of Black's Law Dictionary 342
Preface to A Handbook of Family Law Terms 350
Preface to Rastell's Exposition of Certain Difficult and Obscure Wordes (1579) 353
Introduction to Timothy Cunningham's New and Complete Law-Dictionary (3d ed. 1783) 355
Introduction to Burn's New Law Dictionary (1792) 360
Introduction to Williams's Law Dictionary (1816) 361
Introduction to Bouvier's Law Dictionary (1857) 363
CHAPTER EIGHT
Writing in Law School 365
Some Truths About Legal Writing 367
Taking a Lesson from Tiger Woods 370
How Serious Is Your School About Writing? 373
Why Students Should Support LRW Classes 377
The Art of Briefing Cases 380
? CHAPTER NINE
Writing in Practice 385
The Perpetual Struggle for Clarity 387
Why IRAC Is Good for Exams but Bad in Practice 390
Ten Tips for Writing at Your Law Firm 393
Demand Letters That Get Results 397
The Importance of Other Eyes 403
Planning an In-House Writing Workshop? 406
? CHAPTER TEN
Judicial Writing 413
The Art of Judicial Writing 415
The Style of U.S. Supreme Court Opinions 427
Clearing the Cobwebs from Judicial Opinions 436
? CHAPTER ELEVEN
Citations 457
Foreword to the Texas Rules of Form 459
The Place for Bibliographic Numbers 460
The Citational Footnote 463
ALWD vs. The Bluebook:The Great Style Debate 472
An Uninformed System of Citation:The Maroonbook Blues 475
? CHAPTER TWELVE
Bizarreries 479
Mrs. Malaprop Makes Law Review 481
On Pun Control 485
Cruel and Unusual English 487
More on Peccant Punning 492
Lapsus Memoriae 494
Testamentary Depositions and Other Curiosities 497
Insane Committees 499
Alliteritis 500
Sesquipedality 501
Smelling of the Inkhorn 507
One Bite 513
Pronunciation's Scofflaws 514
An Epistolary Essay 517
? CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Tributes and Autobiographical Essays 529
The Wit and Wisdom of Charlie Wright: 1927-2000 531
Charles Alan Wright:The Legend and the Man 551
Remembering Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee 554
Sir Robert Megarry, RIP 560
Finding the Right Words 562
How I Stumbled on a Literary Treasure 566
? CHAPTER FOURTEEN
Interviews 573
From For the Defense 575
From The Record 581
From Copy Editor 587
? CHAPTER FIFTEEN
Book Recommendations 595
A Lifetime Reading Program 597
Sources for Answering Questions of Grammar and Usage 601
Is Law a Literary Profession? 606
? CHAPTER SIXTEEN
Book Reviews 609
There It Is in Writing, Fairly Drawn 611
Harmless Drudgery? 615
Not Your Father's Fowler 621
Don't Know Much About Punctuation 625
Conjugational Infidelity 636
Internetese: Dialect of the Web Tribe 639
? CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
Chronicles of Grammar, Usage, and Writing 643
2004 645
2005 652
2006 662
? CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
The Last Word 677
A Farewell Message 679
? CHAPTER NINETEEN
Recommended Sources on Language and Writing 695
? Index 723

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