The Leading eBooks Store Online 4,034,055 members ⚫ 1,328,001 ebooks

New to

Learn more

The Party of the First Part

The Curious World of Legalese

Rating: 5.0000 - 1 votes
The Party of the First Part by Adam Freedman
Buy this eBook
US$ 7.99
(If any tax is payable it will be calculated and shown at checkout.)

The Eats, Shoots & Leaves of legalese, this witty narrative journey through the letter of the law offers something for language lovers and legal eagles alike

This clever, user-friendly discourse exposes the simple laws lurking behind decorative, unnecessary, and confusing legal language. For better or for worse, the instruction manual for today's world is written by lawyers. Everyone needs to understand this manual-but lawyers persist in writing it in language no one can possibly decipher.

Why accuse someone of making "material misstatements of fact," when you could just call them a liar? What's the point of a "last" will and testament if, presumably, every will is your last? Did you know that "law" derives from a Norse term meaning "that which is laid down"? So tell your boss to stop laying down the law-it already is.

The debate over Plain vs. Precision English rages on in courtrooms, boardrooms, and, yes, even bedrooms. Here, Adam Freedman explores the origins of legalese, interprets archaic phrasing (witnesseth!), explains obscure and oddly named laws, and disputes the notion that lawyers are any smarter than the rest of us when judged solely on their briefs. (A brief, by the way, is never so.)

Henry Holt and Co.; September 2008
256 pages; ISBN 9781466822573
Read online, or download in secure EPUB
Title: The Party of the First Part
Author: Adam Freedman
  • News
Legally Speaking: I speak lawyer - Southeast Texas Record
Wed, 19 Sep 2007 11:01:57 -0700
Legally Speaking: I speak lawyerSoutheast Texas RecordIf you want to learn more about why archaic terms like ...