Legal Writing in Plain English

The book encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills.

Author: Bryan A. Garner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226284182

Category: Business & Economics

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Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful-unfortunately, these adjectives rarely describe legal writing, whether in the form of briefs, opinions, contracts, or statutes. In Legal Writing in Plain English, Bryan A. Garner provides lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. The book encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. In essence, it teaches straight thinking—a skill inseparable from good writing. Replete with common sense and wit, the book draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through more than a decade of teaching in the field. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting. Meanwhile, Garner explores important aspects of document design. Basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section reinforce the book's principles. (An answer key to basic exercises is included in the book; answers to intermediate and advanced exercises are provided in a separate Instructor's Manual, free of charge to instructors.) Appendixes include a comprehensive punctuation guide with advice and examples, and four model documents. Today more than ever before, legal professionals cannot afford to ignore the trend toward clear language shorn of jargon. Clients demand it, and courts reward it. Despite the age-old tradition of poor writing in law, Legal Writing in Plain English shows how legal writers can unshackle themselves. Legal Writing in Plain English includes: *Tips on generating thoughts, organizing them, and creating outlines. *Sound advice on expressing your ideas clearly and powerfully. *Dozens of real-life writing examples to illustrate writing problems and solutions. *Exercises to reinforce principles of good writing (also available on the Internet). *Helpful guidance on page layout. *A punctuation guide that shows the correct uses of every punctuation mark. *Model legal documents that demonstrate the power of plain English.

The Plain English Approach to Business Writing

Who is writing plain English these days? It's hard to believe, ... In other words, there's a “fence”—with some people on the bureaucratic side and others on the plain English side. ... This book will show you how to write it. Who?

Author: Edward P. Bailey Jr.

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199874484

Category: Business & Economics

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In offices across America, the Masters of Gobbledygook are hard at work. They're bombarding in-boxes with those long, confusing memos that colleagues don't have the patience to read--and bosses don't have the time to rewrite. They use words like "commence" or "prior to" instead of "begin" or "before." They bury their main point somewhere in the last paragraph--and take two pages to get there. Everybody knows one of them; in fact, you may even be one of them. But now there's help for anyone who's ever fallen prey to businessese, academese, legalese, or any other "ese" when faced with a blank memo pad. In The Plain English Approach to Business Writing, Edward Bailey--who spent twenty years working in the bastions of bureaucratese--offers readers a powerful new communications tool. Written for busy professionals who want to improve the quality and clarity of their own (or their staff's) writing style, this no-nonsense guide is an indispensable office companion. Bailey's approach is 5urprisingly straightforward: just write as you would talk. Plain English is not only easier to read; it's also easier to write. And it's so effective that many large organizations are endorsing, if not demanding, its use in the work place. Pithy and entertaining, Bailey points out all the dos and don'ts of plain English. He then illustrates them with examples drawn from a wide array of sources, including business documents, technical manuals, trade publications like Consumer Reports, and the works of writers such as Russell Baker and John D. MacDonald. From the basics to the fine tuning, he offers practical advice on clarity and precision, organization, layout, and a host of other important writing topics. A delightful, down-to-earth guide, The Plain English Approach to Business Writing is for professionals of all backgrounds (government, military, legal, financial, technical, corporate) and staff at all levels (from the company CEO to the ambitious secretary). The Plain English Approach to Business Writing can be read in an hour--and used for the rest of one's life.

Catalog of Copyright Entries Third Series

Plain English exercises . Book 4 . Cumulative review , Tests . AA100768 . SEE Walsh , J. Martyn . WALSH , Anna Kathleen , joint author . Plain English exercises . Book 4 . Teacher's answer book for Cumulative review . AA100767 .

Author: Library of Congress. Copyright Office

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105006280239

Category: Copyright

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Includes Part 1A: Books and Part 1B: Pamphlets, Serials and Contributions to Periodicals

A Plain English Handbook

Reading List If you want more information on how to write in plain English , we've listed just a few of the many resources ... Goldstein and Lieberman's book , The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well , includes a comprehensive list of books ...

Author: United States. Securities and Exchange Commission. Office of Investor Education and Assistance

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112040283670

Category: Disclosure of information

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A Plain English Handbook

If you want more information on how to write in plain English, we've listed just a few of the many resources available, ... Goldstein and Lieberman's book, The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well, includes a comprehensive list of books about ...

Author: Nancy M. Smith

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 075670314X

Category:

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This handbook issued by the Securities and Exchange Comm. (SEC) shows how you can use well-established techniques for writing in plain English to create clearer and more informative disclosure documents. When drafting a document for filing with the SEC, you must make sure it meets all legal requirements. Chapters: what is a "plain English" document?; knowing your audience; knowing the info. you need to disclose; organizing the document; writing in plain English; designing the document; time-saving tips; using readability formulas and style checkers; evaluating the document; reading list; the SEC's plain English rules; and "before" and "after" filings with notes.

Plain English at Work

Introduction This book combines—and significantly updates—two previously separate books of mine: • The Plain English Approach to Business Writing • A Practical Guide for Business Speaking The goal of both books was similar: to help ...

Author: Edward P. Bailey Jr.

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198026447

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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Everyday we write countless memos, letters, and reports without a second thought. Likewise, we give presentations, both formal and informal. Often this writing and speaking gets criticized for being jargon-ridden, obscure, or long-winded--in short, for not being in "plain English." But what is plain English, and how do we go about writing and speaking it? In Plain English at Work, Edward Bailey gives the answer, with down-to-earth tips and practical advice. Bailey, an expert in business communication, gives us a simple model for writing: · Style: write more the way you talk. · Organization: make your point easy to find. · Layout: use headings, lists, and other white space so readers can see the structure of your writing. Psycholinguists, Bailey points out, have proven that the techniques of plain English writing are far easier on your readers; experience has proven that writing in plain English is easier on you--the writer, too. Bailey also gives you a wealth of practical advice for presentations including: · How to remember your talk. · How to design visual aids. · How to design computer presentations. · How to set up the room you'll be speaking in. · How to develop a successful delivery style. Perhaps most impressive are the many detailed tips he gives here. For instance, when using a pointer, hold it in the hand closer to the screen (otherwise, you turn your back on the audience, making it harder to hear you). When designing a visual aid, use at least 28-point type, and seldom use all capital letters (which are harder to read). And when presenting a bar chart during a computer presentation, build it--a bar at a time--to focus your audience's attention. Drawing on two earlier and popular books, The Plain English Approach to Business Writing and A Practical Guide for Business Speaking, this new volume has been significantly updated. It includes up-to-the-minute information on using computers, computer graphics, and typography for your writing, and on using the same technology for designing your presentations. The result is an authoritative and comprehensive single volume that will be the essential guide for everyone wishing to communicate more easily and effectively at work.

The Creative Writing Workbook

George Orwell, that champion of plain English, mocked the pretension and hypocrisy of those who use words to intimidate and exclude people from their club of special users. He takes the beautiful words of Ecclesiastes from the King ...

Author: John Singleton

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137147226

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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This is a companion to The Creative Writing Handbook - now in its second edition. It is very much aimed at the individual writer, based on the idea that real writing comes from within and that writing is a craft, skill with determination, art with attitude. The book is filled with useful ideas and inspiring techniques for exploring and exploiting resources available, both within and without. It focuses on three major areas - the writer's roots (family, class and gender), the writer's resources (memory and language) and the writer's art (form and technique). Chapters focus on many topics, including how memory shapes a writer's material, the pro-creative force of words and the ambiguities of art and artfulness. Many examples of established writers' works are cited to give the fledgling writer much practical help.

The Copyeditor s Handbook

Plain English Campaign. “How to Write in Plain English.” www.plainenglish.co.uk/. Free UK guidelines for plain language (plain English) writing; the website offers many other free resources as well. Plain Language Action and Information ...

Author: Amy Einsohn

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520972278

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 568

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Unstuffy, hip, and often funny, The Copyeditor’s Handbook has become an indispensable resource both for new editors and for experienced hands who want to refresh their skills and broaden their understanding of the craft of copyediting. This fourth edition incorporates the latest advice from language authorities, usage guides, and new editions of major style manuals, including The Chicago Manual of Style. It registers the tectonic shifts in twenty-first-century copyediting: preparing text for digital formats, using new technologies, addressing global audiences, complying with plain language mandates, ensuring accessibility, and serving self-publishing authors and authors writing in English as a second language. The new edition also adds an extensive annotated list of editorial tools and references and includes a bit of light entertainment for language lovers, such as a brief history of punctuation marks that didn’t make the grade, the strange case of razbliuto, and a few Easter eggs awaiting discovery by keen-eyed readers. The fourth edition features updates on the transformation of editorial roles in today’s publishing environment new applications, processes, and protocols for on-screen editing major changes in editorial resources, such as online dictionaries and language corpora, new grammar and usage authorities, online editorial communities, and web-based research tools When you’re ready to test your mettle, pick up The Copyeditor’s Workbook: Exercises and Tips for Honing Your Editorial Judgment, the essential new companion to the handbook.

The Book of Proverbs in Plain English

The Book ofProverbs is the key book in the Bible that teaches us wisdom; “the single, most important thing in life we could ... Bible interpretations of the Book of Proverbs, studied each passage and rewrote them in “plain English”, ...

Author: Frank LaRosa

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1456796372

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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The Book of Proverbs is the key book in the Bible that teaches us wisdom; "the single, most important thing in life we could ever achieve". If we not only read the book, but put the advice to work in our lives, we can truly become wise. Frank realized that most people have a difficult time interpretting the Bible and never get the full understanding of what the passages are trying to get across to us. "If we don't fully understand what we are reading, how can we apply the advice to our lives?", was his question. With this in mind, he took three different Bible interpretations of the Book of Proverbs, studied each passage and rewrote them in "plain English", without changing the meanings of the passages, so all could get the full understanding. In this book you will find the simplest format, easiest wording, a daily calendar guide, word index and explanations for hard to understand passages. You will have such ease reading and actually comprehending what you are reading, that you will be amazed the simplicity to interpret. Although the Book of Proverbs was written nearly 3,000 years ago, you will find how relevant these words of wisdom are in our lives today. Prov 1:2--"The purpose of these Proverbs is to teach wisdom, give instruction and perceive words of understanding."

The Fundamentals of Business Writing

Our point here is that despite so much emphasis on “Plain English” by its proponents (advocates)iincluding the SEC and other U.S. Government sectors-no authoritative “Plain English Dictionary [or Handbook]” has been published as of 2009 ...

Author: Claudine L. Boros

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781469162041

Category: Business & Economics

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Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists

In this book, we urge authors to write modern English, keeping essential scientific terms, which help explain the science, but without archaic, exotic or obscure language that might keep some readers from understanding.

Author: Oscar Linares

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190654856

Category: Medical

Page: 224

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Plain English for Doctors shows how to write about medical science in a clear and vivid way. It can help a medical writer at any level, from beginner to veteran, since it gives specific, practical advice. Writing in plain English can help your writing reach a wider audience, including people in other specialties, levels of training, other fields, and other countries around the world. What makes medical writing hard to read? Is it complex science or complex grammar? This book shows how to keep good science but avoid complex grammar. It describes the symptoms of medicus incomprehensibilis, those over-used writing habits that tend to make medical writing hard to read. It shows how to treat each symptom using a proven plain English writing tip. Each tip is easy to apply and comes with exercises. The exercises are based on excerpts from articles published in leading medical journals. Model revisions vastly improve reading ease and grade level. The book looks at medical writing from three angles. Concept 1, Take charge of your reading ease score, shows how to manage reading ease. Concept 2, Write vividly, shows how to write more vividly by focusing on real world objects and actions. Concept 3, Present logical reasoning clearly, gives tips on how to choose a clear narrative pathway and forge a strong chain of logical reasoning. This book is a must for anyone who writes about medical science. The ability to express complex ideas in simple language is not a remedial skill. Rather, it can only be seen as a sign of mastery.

U S Environmental Protection Agency Library System Book Catalog Holdings as of July 1973

C55 FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH FOR WRITERS. ... Ho ENGLISH LANGUAGE GRAMMAR 1870 EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS A GUIDE TO READING WRITING SPEAKING AND LISTENING. ... PEI I I I.R78 PLAIN ENGLISH HANDBOOK A COMPLETE GUIDE TO GOOD ENGLISH .

Author: United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Library Systems Branch

Publisher:

ISBN: UCR:31210012859458

Category: Environmental protection

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The Only Business Writing Book You ll Ever Need

STEP 6: WRITE IN PLAIN ENGLISH “I find it frustrating to be somewhat trapped by a long-standing and robustly implemented 'institutional writing voice.' This enforced company style is overly wordy, full of run-on sentence structures and ...

Author: Laura Brown

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393635331

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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A must-have guide for writing at work, with practical applications for getting your point across quickly, coherently, and efficiently. A winning combination of how-to guide and reference work, The Only Business Writing Book You’ll Ever Need addresses a wide-ranging spectrum of business communication with its straightforward seven-step method. Designed to save time and boost confidence, these easy-to-follow steps will teach you how to make clear requests, write for your reader, start strong and specific, and fix your mistakes. With a helpful checklist to keep you on track, you’ll learn to promote yourself and your ideas clearly and concisely, whether putting together a persuasive project proposal or dealing with daily email. Laura Brown’s supportive, no-nonsense approach to business writing is thoughtfully adapted to the increasingly digital corporate landscape. Complete with insightful sidebars from experts in various fields and easy-to-use resources on style, grammar, and punctuation, this book offers essential tools for success in the rapidly changing world of business communication.

Legal Writing in Plain English Second Edition

(e—book). Library of Congress Cataloging—in—Publication Data Garner, Bryan A., author. Legal writing in plain English : a text with exercises / Bryan A. Garner. * Second edition. pages cm. * (Chicago guides to writing, editing, ...

Author: Bryan A. Garner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226031392

Category: Law

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Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful—all too often, legal writing embodies none of these qualities. Its reputation for obscurity and needless legalese is widespread. Since 2001 Bryan A. Garner’s Legal Writing in Plain English has helped address this problem by providing lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars with sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. Now the leading guide to clear writing in the field, this indispensable volume encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process that will appeal to other professionals: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. Accessible and witty, Legal Writing in Plain English draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through decades of teaching experience. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting, and the book’s principles are reinforced by sets of basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section. In this new edition, Garner preserves the successful structure of the original while adjusting the content to make it even more classroom-friendly. He includes case examples from the past decade and addresses the widespread use of legal documents in electronic formats. His book remains the standard guide for producing the jargon-free language that clients demand and courts reward.

Planning in Plain English

Chan, Janis Fisher, and Diane Lutovich, Professional Writing Skills: A Self-Paced Training Program, Advanced Communication Designs ... Wydick, Richard C., Plain English for Lawyers, Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina, 1979.

Author: Natalie Macris

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351177702

Category: Architecture

Page: 105

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In this volume, the author draws from more than a decade of editing experience to explain how to craft clear, understandable, and highly readable planning documents. The author suggests ways to overcome planners' most common writing foibles: acronymns, jargon, and overuse of the passive voice. And the author provides handy lists to transform mushy nouns into powerful verbs, pare down bloated sentences, and translate ""bureaucratese"" into everyday language. The author even includes practice exercises designed to help you recognize and overcome bad writing habits. But even the best writing skills won't help if your document is organized poorly and aimed at the wrong audience.The author also explains why it's essential to know who your readers are before you start writing and how to organize your work so that it will be easy to understand and use."

Diagnosing and Treating Medicus Incomprehensibilis

Plain language: communication your audience understands the first time. —Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA)i This book presents case studies on revising medical writing in plain English using the methods from our earlier ...

Author: Oscar Linares

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190868703

Category: Medical

Page: 192

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Diagnosing and Treating Medicus Incomphensibilis is a book of case studies on revising medical writing into plain English. It is a companion to Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists (Oxford University Press, 2017). It gives more practice to help the reader master skills in plain English medical writing. The 12 case studies are based on excerpts from articles published in leading medical journals. The excerpts cover a wide range of medical topics. Each case study looks at one excerpt, between 56 and 308 words long, that shows many classic symptoms of medicus incomprehensibilis - those overused writing habits that make medical writing hard to read. The case study asks questions, and gives short exercises, to guide the reader through the process of diagnosing the symptoms of medicus incomprehensibilis. The reader writes their prescription and revises to treat the symptoms. After each case study, the authors give their answers, prescription and revision. This book is intended for doctors and other medical scientists who write for medical journals, and anyone who aspires to do so. It is intended for writers at all levels, from veteran authors to students. It includes writers in related fields such as public health, pharmacology, nursing and life sciences. It is designed for self-study, seminar or classroom use.

Oxford Guide to Plain English

In the late 1940s a landmark for plain English was erected when the British Treasury commissioned Ernest Gowers, a top civil servant, to write a book encouraging clear writing in the civil service and elsewhere.

Author: Martin Cutts

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199669172

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Provides guidance on writing clearly and effectively, covering such topics as sentence length, active and passive verbs, punctuation, grammar, and proofreading.

Becoming a Public Relations Writer

A Writing Workbook for Emerging and Established Media Ronald D. Smith. Plain Anglo-Saxon English is better than a string of jargon and 10-dollar words. It is also the language of emotion.

Author: Ronald D. Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136593376

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 432

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Becoming a Public Relations Writer is a comprehensive guide to the writing process for public relations practice. Using straightforward, no-nonsense language, realistic examples, easy-to-follow steps and practical exercises, this text introduces the various formats and styles of writing you will encounter as a public relations practitioner. A focus on ethical and legal issues is woven throughout, with examples and exercises addressing public relations as practiced by corporations, non-profit agencies, and other types of organizations both large and small. In addition, the book offers the most comprehensive list of public relations writing formats to be found anywhere---from the standard news release to electronic mail and other opportunities using a variety of technologies and media. The fourth edition has been updated to reflect significant developments in the public relations field, including: New chapter on multimedia and social media releases New chapter on websites, blogs, and wikis Expansion of the chapter on direct mail and online appeals Updated examples of actual pieces of public relations writing A companion website including writing exercises, PowerPoint presentations, and relevant links Through its comprehensive and accessible approach, Becoming a Public Relations Writer is an invaluable resource for future and current public relations practitioners.

Plain Language Legal Writing

" The real strength in Plain Language Legal Writing is how, throughout, Stephens provides clear instructions on how to accomplish what she's recommending.

Author: Cheryl Stephens

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780557014507

Category: Law

Page: 152

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A complete guide to clean, precise and understandable legal writing So many books give you advice that turns out to be hollow: "know your audience," "structure your writing." The real strength in Plain Language Legal Writing is how, throughout, Stephens provides clear instructions on how to accomplish what she's recommending. Instead of just telling you to plan what you're going to write, she walks you step-by-step through the planning. Instead of telling you to consider your audience before writing, she describes in detail the sorts of audiences a legal document might have (more than you'd expect!) and how to best meet their needs. Plain Language Legal Writing will help you produce documents that people are willing to read and able to understand. More: PlainLanguageLegalWriting.comOther versions: e-book

Complete IELTS Bands 5 6 5 Workbook Without Answers with Audio CD

If asked to write for a publication outside the circle — such as a newspaper — they can rediscover the knack of Writing reasonably plain English. They do not indulge themselves in such a fashion when they write for learned journals.

Author: Mark Harrison

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107401969

Category: Foreign Language Study

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Complete IELTS Bands 5-6.5 Workbook without Answers features 8 topic based units for homework and self-study which cover reading, writing and listening skills, further practise in the grammar and vocabulary taught in the Student's Book and an Audio CD containing all the listening material for the Workbook.