Thanks to the estimable Frédéric Houbert @FHoubert, let me share with you a jewel from the French national library: “Discours sur les vices du langage judiciaire” by M. Berriat Saint-Prix, read on 24 August 1807 and published 1809, in which a law professor sets out central questions about plain language with elegance and clarity.
I am delighted to introduce Stéphanie Roy, a language advisor that I was lucky enough to see presenting live about a month ago (thoroughly recommended). Stéphanie is a lawyer (Avocate de l’année – Leader de demain du Jeune Barreau de Montréal no less!) and the co-founder of En Clair, a Quebec consultancy which works with companies, banks, organizations and law firms on making documents clearer and more effective.
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Regular readers will know that I do enjoy poking fun at ‘business-ese’ from to time. 🙂 So you can imagine my joy at discovering the Business Buzzwords Generator made available by The Wall Street Journal.
It is my sincere pleasure to announce that the closing keynote of the conference #W2D2017 Legal Translation to the Next Level will be delivered by Henry Liu, President of the International Federation of Translators and Special Advisor to the Chief Justice of New Zealand. His talk is entitled “The Case Against Plain Language“.
We are delighted and most grateful for the mark of support that this shows for the conference initiative.
I’m certain that this topic will resonate with many readers 😉 so this post collects together various related links.
Following on from past posts about readability – Translating through the fog; and The Writer’s Diet test; as well as a great guest post on Lessons in powerful writing (from a lawyer…) – last week I came across some new text analysis software in an article about a browser plug-in called Literatin, which provides a Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG) score.
Researchers from the University of Nottingham have calculated that the updated version of Google’s latest terms and conditions is harder to read than Beowulf or War and Peace. 😉
In August this year, a US Judge, Steven D. Merryday at the District Court, Tampa Division, Florida, rejected submissions by lawyers that exceeded the page limit, and in his Order even gave them a lesson in editing – to avoid “redundancy, verbosity, and legalism”!