Is it Good or Bad to Repeat Words?
Judith D. Fischer
University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
77 Bench & Bar 23, January 2013
This paper discusses elegant variation, in which a writer changes terminology in the mistaken belief that words should not be repeated. The article acknowledges that it is sometimes best to change monotonously repeated background words. However, changing key terminology can be confusing in legal writing, where precision and clarity are essential. And occasional repetition for rhetorical impact can strengthen legal writing.
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Keywords: Legal writing, repeating words, elegant variation, anadiplosis, epistrophe, antanaclasis, rhetorical device
Date posted: February 5, 2013