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No Thanks: Six More Words and Phrases to Avoid, by Russ Guberman


Small wording changes can liven up your style by speeding up and punching up your prose.

Let’s match wits with some of the world’s best judicial writers below. Or is that ‘with certain of the world’s most illustrious judicial draftspersons infra’?

The Rules of Engagement: If a word or phrase is bolded in the first part of each set, the big guns didn’t write it. For each of those bolded terms, think of a lighter or shorter replacement before you peek below.