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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:

  • And/or
  • Herein
  • Deem
  • Know all men by these presents
  • Provided that
  • Pursuant to
  • Said
  • Same
  • Shall
  • Such
  • Witnesseth

He advises all lawyers to “Learn them and ax them.” 

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