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Why Prolixity Does Not Produce Clarity: Francis Lieber on Plain Language


Nelson P. Miller


Thomas M. Cooley Law School

January 1, 2007

The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, pp. 108-114, 2007

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This article in the Scribes Journal of Legal Writing uses writings of the early 19th-century law scholar Francis Lieber to illustrate why multiplying words tends to obscure rather than clarify the meaning of legal writings. Description is inherently ambiguous because of the unique perspective of every writer and reader. More words tends to inject greater uncertainty rather than clarifying meanings.

Keywords: plain language, words, uncertainty, Lieber

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Date posted: September 10, 2011  

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Miller, Nelson P., Why Prolixity Does Not Produce Clarity: Francis Lieber on Plain Language (January 1, 2007). The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, pp. 108-114, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1890689

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Nelson Pierce Miller (Contact Author)
Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )
300 S. Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI 48901
United States
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