Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The book "The Language of the Law" ends its section on how law people use words pompously with an example of a law person not being pompous.

In describing the difference between different kinds of damage, Oliver Wendall Holmes said, ". . .even a dog knows the difference between being stumbled over and being kicked."

When I was in a kind of grad school much milder than law school, I noticed that when people wrote in a way that was scholarly and hard to understand, they often did not know themselves the meaning of what they had written.