77 Bench & Bar 23, January 2013
1 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2013
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: Legal writing, repeating words, elegant variation, anadiplosis, epistrophe, antanaclasis, rhetorical device
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Fischer, Judith D., Is it Good or Bad to Repeat Words? (2013). 77 Bench & Bar 23, January 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2211672