Plain English for Lawyers: A Dumbing Down Process?

A columnist on Slaw argues for the use of plain English. However, one comment relates the fact that “popular” books seldom use words of three or more syllables (such as, well, syllable). Should that be the standard for good writing? Or is this a “dumbing down” of communication?

Read more here.

Particularly interesting is David Cheifetz’s comment that law is more theology than science. Therefore, updating a term of art to make it more plain may in fact change its meaning.


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