Tag Archives: Concise writing

OSB Seeks New Editor of Bulletin

Bulletin Editor—Oregon State Bar The Oregon State Bar is looking to fill a full-time position to plan, develop, edit, and manage content of the OSB’s membership magazine, the Bulletin. If this position speaks to your inner word nerd and your passion … Continue reading

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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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OSB Looking for an Attorney Editor

Are you passionate about the Oxford comma? Are you a stickler for correct citation format? Can you clearly distinguish the holding of a case from mere dicta? Do you wince when you see that sign in the grocery store that … 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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30 Years of Legal Editing

By Cheryl McCord, Legal Publications Attorney Editor I am a legal editor. For over 30 years, I have edited legal resources used and relied upon by Oregon lawyers. Over the years, I have seen a lot of mind-boggling changes in … Continue reading

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And/Or

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor Lodged somewhere between income disparity and climate change on the list of greatest threats facing the nation is the use of and/or. I am kidding of course. But on any given afternoon you … Continue reading

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Is Your Writing Verbose and Redundant?

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor If you were to assemble together people from the general public, most would agree that lawyers are not very concise. Further, they would likely agree that the verbosity found in most legal texts … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings

By Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor The phrase “kill your darlings, kill your darlings” has been attributed to numerous writers, including William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Anton Chekhov. The phrase, however, likely originated with British writer and University of … Continue reading

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