What is POFP?

Why do lawyers refer to long documents as briefs and
18-year olds as infants? Why do they use so much Latin when so few of their
clients are Ancient Romans? Is it a conspiracy?


Party of the First Part has the answers! Check out the Website for the
Legalese Hall of Shame; a glossary of legal words linked to Adam Freedman's
columns; tips on writing legal documents in plain English; and more!



Saturday, June 9, 2007

Block that metaphor!

Something about politics inspires people to mangle the language. The Wall Street Journal recently asked a key Mitt Romney backer about Fred Thomspson's likely entry into the presidential race. The Romney guy said: "I think he'll find it tough sledding -- a lot of ships have sailed."

Excellent. Now let's write that immigration bill.