Category Archives: Writing and Style Tips

Grammar Can Be Funny, But Not All Grammarians Are

By Linda Kruschke, Director of Legal Publications This book review was originally written for the ACLEA (Association for Continuing Legal Education) newsletter called In the Loop. We are sharing it here today in celebration of National Grammar Day. _________________ If … Continue reading

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Editorial Sloth, Lists, Etc.

By Yasha Renner, Attorney Editor It was a Friday, almost lunch time, and I was nearing the end of a chapter I was editing for the 2016 revision of Damages. I couldn’t figure out why the chapter’s author decided to … Continue reading

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Style Matters and Grammar Questions

All publishers have standards and style guides that they adhere to. OSB Legal Publications is no different. Often our volunteer authors want to know why we made a particular edit when they thought the way they wrote it was just … Continue reading

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Grammatical Mistake Leads to Animal Neglect

By Dean Land, Legal Publications Attorney Editor By my own unscientific methods, I’ve determined that “comprise” is the most misused verb in the English language. That kind of pervasive grammatical error has serious ramifications for an editor like me. When … Continue reading

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Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? Probably not.

by Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor The writer David Foster Wallace was so fond of words that he used to lie awake for hours reading the dictionary and circling the ones he liked best: Maugre, Tarantism, Ruck, Sciolism, Primipara. … Continue reading

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Calling All Poets!

Does this describe you? You love to practice law and are thankful you chose this profession, but it doesn’t allow you to express your creative side. You know, that side of you that law school tried to obliterate (without complete … Continue reading

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Punctuation Pet Peeves

Some people are bothered by the over use of the exclamation point. F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.” He may be right, but a properly … Continue reading

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Taking a Look at the Dreaded Bluebook: Part Two

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor For part two of our look at some of the more commonly ignored or misinterpreted rules found in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, I want to address Internet citations. Perhaps more … Continue reading

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Taking a Look at the Dreaded Bluebook

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor I have a confession to make: I like The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. I actually think it’s well organized for the amount of information it contains, and I think there are … Continue reading

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Lesser-known Punctuation Rules

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor Let’s start the week off right with some lesser-known punctuation rules. Punctuation and closing quotation marks Most people agree that periods and commas precede closing quotation marks (let’s forget the loveably misguided British … Continue reading

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