In this piece for the ABA Journal, Bryan Garner, the editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary and the author of bestselling books on how to craft persuasive legal prose, provides a “verbal blacklist” for attorneys—“a simple list of words that do nothing but blemish the documents that contain them.”
Words and phrases on the list include:
- Know all men by these presents
- Provided that
- Pursuant to
He advises all lawyers to “Learn them and ax them.”
Read the full article from ABA Journal.