Saxon Words and Romance Words

Wayne Schiess, Saxon Words and Romance Words, 98 Mich. B.J. 58 (July (2019)

7 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2019

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Wayne Schiess

University of Texas School of Law

Date Written: July 2019

Abstract

Many English words are of Anglo-Saxon origin, while many others are of Latin, French, or Romance origin. Saxon words tend to be short and plain; Romance words tend to be long and formal. Legal writers can use these differences to write readable prose, to draft streamlined contracts, and to create forceful, memorable phrasing in persuasive documents. This article gives the background of Saxon and Romance words, provides advice for choosing between the two types, and offers before-and-after examples.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon, Saxon, Latin, French, Romance, plain, formal, informal, persuasive, persuasion, contract, order, writing, drafting, Saxon Finish, Saxon Restatement

Suggested Citation

Schiess, Wayne, Saxon Words and Romance Words (July 2019). Wayne Schiess, Saxon Words and Romance Words, 98 Mich. B.J. 58 (July (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3430602

Wayne Schiess (Contact Author)

University of Texas School of Law ( email )

727 East Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.utexas.edu/law

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