A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage

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9780195077698: A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage

With double the length and coverage of the original, this new edition of A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (DMLU) thoroughly marshals and analyzes modern legal vocabulary. Since the first edition, Bryan A. Garner has drawn on his unrivaled experience as a legal editor to refine his positions on legal usage and to add a wealth of new material. Here's how Garner's revision makes DMLU, Second Edition indispensable:
-- Updates every existing entry, making this a second edition in the fullest sense;
-- Adds hundreds of new entries;
-- Adds hundreds of new sections within existing entries;
-- Adds over 3,000 new illustrative quotations from judicial opinions and leading lawbooks by prominent legal commentators;
-- Reconsiders previously held positions, now saying, for example, that contractions are sometimes permissible in legal writing;
-- Fully elaborates ideas only mentioned in the first edition;
-- Takes into account numerous comments received from first edition users;
-- Expands and updates cross-references to guide readers quickly and easily.
Influential writers and editors rely on DMLU daily. Charles Alan Wright, for example, says, "I consult Garner regularly. He offers authoritative guidance on many matters of usage that are unique to legal writing....Garner is almost always pithy; he is often witty. Any lawyer, no matter how expert on words and language, is sure to learn from Garner's fine book." And the editors of Harvard Law Review have found it essential: "In a work worthy of comparison to Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage, Mr. Garner...sets forth an authoritative guide to American legal usage and style. All legal writers will find it an invaluable help; many law review editors will find it a source of delight. Don't confront your editor without it."
Features:
-- Functions both as a style guide and as a law dictionary
-- Guides writers to distinguish between true terms of law and mere jargon
-- Illustrates recommended forms of expression as well as common blunders with thousands of quotations and citations
-- Explains the origins of expressions lawyers regularly use, such as Know all men by these presents, or party of the first part
-- Records and evaluates more than 100 twentieth-century neologisms, from conclusory to farminor, from Mirandize to representee
-- Distinguishes American from British usage and refers to current practice among Australian, Canadian, and Scottish legal writers
-- Solves editorial problems by dealing with practical writing issues
-- Offers wit and erudition reminiscent of H.W. Fowler, author of the first so-called usage dictionary.
In short, in its Second Edition DMLU remains, as one reviewer hailed it in 1987, "truly unique in the literature of law." It is an essential resource for practicing lawyers, scholars of the law, and libraries of all sizes and types.

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Bryan A. Garner is Adjunct Professor, Southern Methodist School of Law.

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"Even law libraries that already own the first edition should benefit from Garner's new edition."--Law Library Journal


"Assiduous use of the newly revised Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage will improve mediocre legal writing and enhance good documents. Libraries that serve the legal community and people who read what lawyers write should add this work to their reference collections."--RQ


"The first edition of this book has been praised around the world as both the most reliable guide to legal usage and the most fascinating to read. The second edition outdoes even its predecessor, with more depth, more illustrative quotations, and more proof of Garner's lively literary style. He has surely established himself as the world's leading authority on the language of the law."--Charles Alan Wright


"The well-received Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage has been updated in this superior second edition....Even libraries that have the first edition should consider this new one, which is highly recommended for any law collection in public or academic libraries."--RBB/Booklist


"This dictionary sets the standard for legal usage. It is absolutely indispensable for law libraries, lawyers, and judges, and a wonderful addition to all academic and public library reference collections."--Library Journal


"An impressive enhancement of the original edition....Garner's approach to legal language makes this resource essential to law and social science collections and to all levels of readers, including lawyers."--Choice


"Keep a copy of this book where you write briefs. You will use A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, Second Edition, again and again with confidence and delight. This is one of the best books ever written for lawyers."--The Appellate Practice Journal and Update


"This dictionary is not only useful, it is actually fun to browse in. Its entries are admirably clear and direct, and often clever. If used regularly by enough lawyers, it could put an end to legalese."--The Federal Lawyer


"The first edition was highly regarded; this new edition is even better."--Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing


"Every administrative law judge should have the 9000 entries in this 948-page A-Z law dictionary/style guide handy as they write and edit decisions. This desk reference will assist greatly in clear thinking and writing."--National Association of Administrative Law Judges Newsletter


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