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!



Friday, September 14, 2007

Golden Gobbledygook -- Get Those Submissions In!


The deadline for the Golden Gobbledygook award is midnight tonight (September 14th). I might show a little leeway to well-intentioned entrants who are just a teensy bit late - but hurry up and submit already!
The Golden Gobbledygook Award recognizes the best example of bad legalese.
The entries submitted so far have been fabulous. I've seen gloriously opaque pleadings, truly impenetrable contract clauses, a nonsensical pre-nuptial agreement, and a bizarre animal safety statute, among many others. Each of them is ghastly in its own special way.

Call me a masochist, but I want to see more! So submit your favorite example of exquisitely bad legalese! Post it in a comment, or email adamjfreedman@yahoo.com The Golden Gobbledygook winner will be announced on September 20th!

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