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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Miscellaneous Entries.

Miscellaneous Entries. jail; gaol. The first is the American spelling; the second is the British variant. Both words, of course, are pronounced /jayl/. janissary (= a loyal, subservient follower) is the standard spelling. It is capitalized only when used to … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: layman; layperson; lay person.

layman; layperson; lay person. “Layman” is the most common among these terms and is commonly regarded as unexceptionable — in reference to members of both sexes, of course. E.g.: o “James Wilkinson, the 55-year-old layman who carried the cross at … Continue reading

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Adopt-a-Bobble-Bryan program 2015

On January 12, 2015, 20 Bobble Bryans will be looking for good homes. (Yes, for the first time ever, we’re selling the already-legendary Bryan Garner bobblehead for $500 each.) All profits will go to the Campaign for Equal Access to … Continue reading

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LawProse Lesson #192: Client confidences.

Ethical communications for lawyers: Client confidences.      Trustworthy. That’s how every client should describe you. Keep all client confidences—and make it a habit to keep all confidences in everyday life. The law doesn’t make an exception for spouses or … Continue reading

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LawProse Lesson #191: Nonrepresentation letters.

Ethical communications for lawyers: Nonrepresentation letters. Although the attorney–client relationship is ordinarily a consensual one, the consent is not symmetrical: if a client reasonably relies on the existence of a relationship when the lawyer does not intend one, a court … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: lay; lie (3).

lay; lie (3). Part C: “laid” for Past-Tense “lay.” The “lay”-for-”lie” error also occurs with the past-tense forms — e.g.: “He laid [read 'lay'] down flat on the ground and looked around for an object or landmark he might have … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: lay; lie (2).

lay; lie (2). Today: “lay” for “lie.” This is one of the most widely known of all usage errors — e.g.: o “If you’ve got an extra $79,800 laying [read 'lying'] around you could become the proud owner of two … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: lay; lie (1).

lay; lie (1). Today: The Distinction. Very simply, “lie” (= to recline, be situated) is intransitive — it can’t take a direct object {he lies on his bed}. But “lay” (= to put down, arrange) is always transitive — it … Continue reading

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Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: lawyer; attorney; counsel; counselor.

lawyer; attorney; counsel; counselor. The two most common among these, “lawyer” and “attorney,” are not generally distinguished even by members of the legal profession — except perhaps that “lawyer” is often viewed as having negative connotations. Thus one frequently hears … Continue reading

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Happy 25th Anniversary to LawProse!

At LawProse, we’re celebrating our 25th Anniversary! Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of LawProse—the 1990 brainchild of Bryan A. Garner. To commemorate this important milestone, look for special events every month. We’ll start off in January with our … Continue reading

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