Lose the legalese

Posted: June 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Plain English: Tips | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Avoid all legal jargon, such as in connection with, with respect to, on or about, the present or instant case (use here instead), pursuant to, said (as in said contract), same (as in paragraph 6 of the same) and such used as an adjective (as in such contract). If you find yourself stringing many words into one, as in heretofore, hereinafter, aforementioned, herewith or whereas, you have lapsed into legalese. Again, if you wouldn’t use a word in conversation with a colleague, don’t use it in your writing.

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