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
Date Written: July 2019
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
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